IT firms’ cloud appetite strong as gear sales surge 25 percent

In another sign of the movement of more and more data into cloud services, global first-quarter sales of cloud-related hardware rose 25.1 percent year on year, to nearly US$ 6.3 billion, according to an IDC survey.

The Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker survey results marked the second-highest increase for total revenue in five quarters, and growth for the segment continued to outperform that of the overall IT infrastructure market.

While sales of infrastructure equipment that was unrelated to cloud services grew by 6.1 percent, revenue related to infrastructure for private cloud services was up 24.4 percent to $ 2.4 billion while that for public cloud services increased 25.5 percent to $ 3.9 billion.

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