Supply chain
Global server shipments rise 9.6% in 2Q18
Rodney Chan, DIGITIMES, Taipei

Worldwide server shipments - based on the number of motherboards delivered - reached 3.84 million units in the second quarter of 2018, rising 9.6% sequentially, according to Digitimes Research's latest updates to its findings.

Digitimes Research originally estimated second-quarter 2018 worldwide server shipment growth at 8.8% sequentially, but latest information from the supply chain has resulted in an upward adjustment to 9.6%.

As for the third quarter of 2018, global server shipments are now expected to pick up another 15.5% because of seasonality, according to Digitimes Research's latest quarterly report about the server industry.

The top-3 server players worldwide - Dell, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Super Micro - all enjoyed sequential shipment growths in the second quarter, while among datacenter players, Amazon had the strongest demand and the highest sequential shipment growth.

In the second quarter, Taiwan-based server makers' combined share of worldwide server shipments increased slightly to 91.2% from a quarter ago. Inventec remained the largest supplier, accounting for over 20% of Taiwan's overall server shipments, which amounted to 3.5 million units in the second quarter.

Inventec's performances and share in Taiwan's shipments are expected to continue to improve in the third quarter, Digitimes Research estimates.

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