Largely due to storage needs and cloud adoption, data center spending is up nearly 13 percent this year and should surpass 2008’s boom-time levels within four years, according to new research from Gartner.

Data center hardware spending is projected to hit $98.9 billion in 2011, with continued growth to $126.2 billion by 2015, according to the analysis, “Forecast: Data Centers Worldwide, 2010-2015.” Gartner defines data center hardware spending to include servers, storage and enterprise data center networking equipment.

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