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Global Server Shipments Down 9%

Global server shipments are forecast to fall nine per cent sequentially in Q4 of 2018 due partly to the impact of the US-China trade war according to research by the Digitimes.

The researchers say shipments rose only slightly to four million units in the traditional peak season in Q3, as buyers already had made significant purchases in the Q2.

The world’s three major server vendors Dell, HPE and Super Micro all saw their shipments for Q3 stay flat or decline slightly on quarter.

But server shipments to large-size datacenters remained the major growth driver, posting a sequential increase of 11 per cent in the quarter.

Overall global server shipments for the whole of 2018 will continue to grow but at a lower-than-expected annual pace of 10.5 per cent. Shipments are expected to remain in a low gear in Q1 of 2019 but are likely to regain growth momentum in the second quarter.

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