According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide server market grew at 8.1 percent year over year to $12.5 billion in the third quarter of 2005, marking the tenth consecutive quarter of positive overall revenue growth. This demonstrates continuing end-user investment in a robust server infrastructure as a fundamental component of other IT investments in software, storage and services.

Volume server revenue grew 14.8 percent year over year and continues to represent the primary growth engine for the server market overall. Revenue for midrange enterprise servers grew 3.8 percent  year over year, marking the fourth consecutive quarterly increase in that segment. However, the high-end enterprise server market showed a 1.2 percent  decline year over year, making it the fourth consecutive quarter of declining revenue for high-end enterprise servers.

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