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Report: Cloud server market continues expanding

As the consumerization of IT continues and people invest in personal cloud computing services from organizations like Apple and Amazon, the market for cloud servers is expected to experience a robust increase. According to a report by IHS iSuppli, the number of annual cloud server shipments will grow to 875,000 by the end of 2012, an increase of 35 percent from 2011's 647,000 shipments.

"Clouds can be personal and geared toward the consumer - such as those offered by Apple, Google and Amazon - for users to store and manage their own data; or they can be oriented toward the enterprise for business operations," said IHS senior analyst Peter Lin. "For the enterprise in particular, the cloud can be deployed as software, platform or infrastructure to help keep information technology costs down."

Additionally, the increased growth of cloud servers will take up a larger portion of the total server market. In fact, while they only made up 5 percent of the market in 2010, by 2015 cloud servers will account for more than 15 percent, according to the report.

The cloud will continue growing, as well, enabling the number of servers to continue expanding. According to IDC, revenue from larger private clouds will grow from $2.6 billion in 2009 to $5.7 billion in 2014.

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