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Servers Log Ninth Consecutive Growth Quarter

The worldwide server market continued its growth across virtually all platforms in the second quarter, fueled by 5.6 percent year over year growth, an IDC report said. The report marks the ninth consecutive quarter of revenue growth for servers, the high tech market research firm said.

Security features of Unix servers figured high in a 19.2 percent factory revenue growth. “Unix servers continue to support mission-critical workloads,” said Jean Bozman, vice president of IDC’s Enterprise Server Group, in a statement.

“IT people are reinvesting in their scalable Unix servers,” said Bozman in an interview. “If you’ve had Unix in the past, it helps. You have the (Unix) skill sets. Unix has been strong in servers right along.”

In spite of the traditional strength of Unix servers, Bozman said IDC is predicting that Microsoft Windows servers will gradually edge out Unix servers in the 2009 timeframe when Unix servers are forecast to account for around $19 billion in revenues and Windows about $22 to $23 billion.

High-end Unix servers have been demonstrating their resilience in corporate data centers as IT managers consolidate workloads and seek to secure their mission critical applications, the market research firm said in its report released Friday.

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