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IT researcher IDC reported May 10 that the combination of “an aging server installed base and IT managers’ desire to rein in increasingly complex virtual and physical infrastructure” along with a general upturn in the buying environment is boosting sales of commodity-type servers used in public and private cloud computing systems.

Based on its first cloud computing survey focused exclusively on servers, IDC predicted that server revenue in the public cloud category “will grow from $582 million in 2009 to $718 million in 2014. Server revenue for the much larger private cloud market will grow from $7.3 billion to $11.8 billion [about 62 percent] in the same time period,” IDC said.