Servers run the world, and global server sales were up 2.1 per cent in 2013 compared to the previous year, according to Gartner. But which vendor you but them from still depends heavily on where you are in located and what you plan to use them for.
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Globally, HP is the dominant provider, followed by IBM, Dell, Cisco and Oracle. In the Asia-Pacific region, however, Dell has the largest market share, followed by HP, IBM and Huawei. Overall numbers for the Asia-Pacific region are heavily skewed by China, where large-scale web rollouts account for a large percentage of the sales.
In x86 blade servers, the figures differ again: HP has the biggest chunk (40.3 per cent worldwide), followed by Cisco (15.9 per cent).