Dell warns of server memory shortage, price hikes
@DellTechnologies is warning customers of a global shortage of server memory modules that will cause delays to delivery times as well as product price hikes. The company has advised customers to expect the delays and price increases from next month. These “extended delivery timeframes” would affect “a number of server platforms”, it said in customer communication sighted by iTnews. “Please be aware that there will be a global shortage on memory modules of servers which will not only delay the delivery time to more than a month but also increase the price of the memory modules all over,” Dell has advised. The company has been contacted for comment. Earlier this year market research firm TrendForce warned demand for DRAM as a result of growth of hyperscale data centres in North America was fuelling a global memory shortage. The firm said it expected the price of DRAM to continue to rise in the first quarter of 2018 as vendors struggled to meet demand. Production capacity would not catch up with demand until the second half of this year, TrendForce estimated – meaning customers will have to bear delivery delays and higher prices until then. Tech companies spent US$22 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017 predominantly on data centre infrastructure, according to market research firm Synergy. The top five spenders were @Google, @Mirosoft, @Amazon, @Apple and @Facebook, which Synergy said have 45 #hyperscale data centres between them. It forecast that the total number of hyperscale data centres globally – currently at 400 – would grow to reach 500 by 2020.