A New Era In Servers Is Starting Now
The Next Platform, June 7th, 2019
June 7, 2019,
Volume 255, Issue 1

You know the world is a different place when shipping 2.58 million servers in a quarter feels like a slowdown, a disappointment, and perhaps a leading indicator of an overall economic slowdown in the world

"But the slight 5.1 percent downtick in server shipments in the first quarter of 2019 is probably more a function of the hyperscalers and cloud builders having spent a fortune on infrastructure in late 2017 and early 2018 and then waiting to see what the future holds for future processors from Intel and AMD.

In the quarter ended in March, according to the box counters at IDC, those 2.58 million server shipments drove a 4.4 percent increase in revenues, to $19.8 billion, and the fact that companies are buying increasingly rich configurations, with more main memory, lots of flash, and occasionally GPU or FPGA accelerators, is doing its part to keep the money pile growing even if it is possibly not doing as much as we might hope to increase the profitability of bending metal to build servers..."

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