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Enterprise IT Spending On The Rise To Avert Data Center Failure

It's been a long time coming but it looks like corporations have boosted their spending on their data centers.

TechEYE reports that the latest figures from IDC, for X86 server sales, surged in the fourth quarter of 2009.

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Volume server sales rose by 9.9 percent year on year, while midrange servers showed a year on year decline of 5.3 percent.

IDC said that this was the first increase since Q3 2008 that showed all three sever segments gaining sales.

IBM holds the number one share worldwide with 35.4 percent share in Q4 2009. Demand for X86 servers increased while the System Z mainframe system declined.

HP has 30.5 percent share, Dell had 11.5 percent share, Sun Microsystems had eight percent market share and Fujitsu 4.6 percent share.

Windows server revenues in Q4 amounted to $5.4 billion, the highest figure for two years. Linux also grew with revenues of $1.9 billion. Unix server revenues were $3.9 billion for the quarter, down 18.1 percent year on year.

Last year, Gary Budzinski, senior VP at Hewlett-Packard's Services Group, told me that if companies didn't start replacing aging IT systems, they would start to break down in large numbers.

The coming "big crunch" - IT systems will start failing on a large scale

Things tend to break after a while...There's a big crunch coming," says Mr Budzinski. Companies will start to experience ever greater IT failures unless they start buying new hardware.

Mr Budzinski's group is paid to make sure client systems continue to run. As those systems age, the maintenance costs rise, until they reach a point where new systems are less expensive than trying to keep the old systems running.