November 28, 2011 –  Cloud infrastructure equipment sales are expected to exceed $33 billion by the end of the year, with HP, IBM and Dell ranking as the top vendors early on in 2011, according to independent analysts Synergy Research Group.

More than $17 billion of that sales figure occurred in the first half of 2011. Public cloud platform spending represented 56 percent of all cloud infrastructure spending in the first half of the year. The private cloud platform – which Synergy defines as a virtualized data center behind an enterprise’s firewall – registered as the fastest growing of the overall cloud infrastructure market, with 30 percent annual growth in 2011.

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