Hardware sales to rise during 2010 -

A report said that worldwide IT spending will rise to $3.4 trillion this year, an increase of 5.3 percent compared to 2010.

Hardware spending will exceed that percentage growth and deliver $353 billion this year, according to a report from Gartner.  Sales of mobile PCs will drive sales and enterprise hardware spending is also set to benefit from a sales recovery but that won't reach its 2008 level until 2014.

Storage is set to be buoyant too this year because the volume of data continues to grow.

But server sales this year will largely be focused on low end units and that will be affected by cloud computing, virtualisation and consolidation, said Gartner.

George Shiffler, a research director at Gartner, said that hardware fell the most of the four major IT spending segments it tracks during 2009. "However, it is now forecast to enjoy the joint strongest rebound in 2010," he said. "Professional PC spending will contribute just over one percentage point of spending growth in 2010 as organisations begin their migration to Windows 7 towards the end of the year."

Spending on software will amount to $232 billion this year, while IT services will account for $821 billions.

Here is a Gartner table that breaks worldwide IT spending down, in terms of billions of US$.

IT Spending Worldwide forecast 2010

  
2009
Spending
2009
Growth
2010
Spending
2010
Growth
Hardware
333
-12.5%
353
5.7%
Software
221
-2.1%
232
5.1%
Services
777
-4.0%
821
5.7%
Telecom
1,892
-3.4%
1,988
5.1%
All
3,223
-4.5%
3,394
5.3%