Number of server shipments worldwide 2011-2020, by quarter

In the first quarter of 2020, the number of global server unit shipments reached 2.58 million units, a decrease of around 800,000 units from the previous quarter. Early forecasts suggested that there would be a strong demand for servers in the second quarter of 2020, with experts indicating that demand from data centers would remain the driving force in the server market.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts

However, analysts have now predicted a decline in end user spending on servers in 2020, attributing this to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, with impacts including supply chain shortages as well as a change to demand from various groups of IT buyers. Businesses have been forced to consider more expedited adoption of cloud services, and as a result, the market saw a surge in demand for IT infrastructure, notably in cloud service provider datacenters. This has had an impact on the server market, resulting in a more moderate decline compared to other IT infrastructure segments.

Data center servers

Data centers, centralized locations where computing and networking equipment is concentrated, can house multiple servers stacked in racks that are placed in rows. These facilities are able to collect, store, and process large amounts of data. Organizations of all sizes have continued to expand their data collection capabilities, with their storage needs growing with them too. As a result, IT spending on data center systems worldwide is estimated to amount to 208 billion U.S. dollars in 2020, including servers which form an important part of data center infrastructure. nd quarter.

Server unit shipments worldwide from 2011 to 2020, by quarter

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2011 to 2020

Supplementary notes

* Estimate for Q1 2020.
** Forecast for Q2 2020.
Figures for the period prior to Q1 2020 from previous reporting.

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