According to Digitimes Research's observation, the server market is experiencing sluggish growth in 2019 with customer inventory level running high. However, as inventory depletion comes to an end, businesses continue to engage in digital transformation, AI applications become more and more popular and cloud service operators aggressively promote hybrid cloud, global server shipments are expected to grow 5% in 2020, and the growth momentum can sustain for the medium to long term.
According to Digitimes Research's statistics and analyses, as previously forecast, weakening demand, delayed transition to new platforms and high levels of first-half 2018 shipments resulted in a decline in global server shipments in fourth-quarter 2018.
According to Digitimes Research statistics and analyses, Taiwan-based server vendors, including suppliers of motherboards, end systems, storage devices and related network equipment, continue to enjoy growth in 2018. In terms of volume, global server shipments will show continuing growth throughout 2018 and 2019.
According to Digitimes Research statistics and analyses, third-quarter 2018 global server shipments totaled 4 million units (calculated based on motherboard quantity), showing only a moderate quarter-over-quarter growth rather than a large increase as previously anticipated.
Digitimes Research figures show that global server shipments totaled 3.4 million units (calculated based on motherboards) in first-quarter 2018, registering only a mild drop, thanks to weak seasonal impact during the traditional low season. Looking forward into second-quarter 2018, global server shipments are expected to show a 9% sequential increase with the market entering high season.
Worldwide server shipments reached 3.66 million units (based on motherboards shipped) in the fourth quarter of 2017, accounting for more than a quarter of the annual volumes in 2017 mainly thanks to peak season effect.