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IT experts predicted what 2014 would bring to the data center, but they weren't always on the money.
We looked back at 2014's data center trends and forecasts, and compared them to end-of-year reports. Some were in the ballpark, while others were way off.
All data center systems spending was expected to grow 0.4% in 2014, according to the Gartner Worldwide IT Spending Forecast. Actual growth for the year was a little higher at 0.8%, with total data center spending up $1 billion from 2013 (reaching $141 billion). So where did the money go?
Experts expected the x86 server market to experience the most growth in 2014. The most recent data from Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner Inc. shows an increase in x86 server unit purchases in the first three quarters, averaging 1.4% growth quarterly over the same span in 2013. In contrast, unit sales of RISC/Itanium Unix servers declined an average of 11.6% in the same period, as enterprises migrate from high-cost platforms toward lower-cost alternatives. Numbers from Q4 have not been released.