Servers: A Pc Money Machine

Personal computer makers haven't had it easy for a long time. Sure, the market continues to expand at a healthy rate. But price wars long ago reduced desktop machines to commodities, and notebooks aren't far behind. But, at least for now, it seems that the market has found a new sweet spot--so-called network servers, the behind-the-scenes machines that coordinate networks of desktop PCs. Servers are not only turning out to be hot sellers, they're almost twice as profitable as other PCs. The reason? A company might pinch pennies when buying commodities, but it'll pay top dollar for the hardware that forms the backbone of its business.

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