The third version of China’s data center server technology standard project led by China-based Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent are set to be announced at the end of 2015 and the project will cover more standards and adopt a modularized design to help reduce China data centers’ server purchasing costs, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. China launched the first version of the project in 2012 and the second in 2014 and the project is rather similar to the Open Compute Project (OCP) that Facebook has been aggressively promoting.
Apple has joined the Facebook-established Open Compute Project in line with its plans to set up new cloud data centers and replace servers used in existing data centers. Some Taiwan-based white-box server makers have obtained orders from Apple and will begin shipments soon, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
Notebook ODM Quanta Computer has been competing for server ODM orders from Dell, according to industry sources. Quanta Computer was originally a server ODM for Dell and NEC but has shifted the focus of its server business from ODM to white-box production for direct shipments to clients setting up cloud computing data centers including Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft.
Optimistic about software defined network (SDN) development, Facebook is planning to shift its network switch orders from existing brand partners to Taiwan’s white-box suppliers in 2015 and both Quanta Computer and Wiwynn, a white-box server subsidiary of Wistron, are already preparing aggressively to strive for related orders.
As users of white-box servers (produced by ODMs and sold directly to clients) mostly need a large number of small-size, low-power and inexpensive models pre-installed with Linux and customized to some extent, white-box servers are mostly rack or micro types instead of towers or blades. The users usually have in-house technical teams to handle their servers’ maintenance and find server brand vendors’ designs limiting their operations; therefore, they have turned to supplies directly from ODMs.
Taiwan-based power management solution provider Delta Electronics is exhibiting energy-efficient products and solutions at Hanover Messe 2014, an annual industrial technology fair taking place in Hanover, Germany, during April 7-11, according to the company. From 2010 to 2013, Delta Electronics’ energy-efficient products and solutions resulted in total power savings of 11.9 billion kWh, equivalent to a reduction in carbon emissions of 6.38 million tons, the company said.
TAIPEI, TAIWAN — (Marketwired) — 03/04/14 — ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute), Taiwan’s largest and one of the world’s leading high-tech R&D institutions, and the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation, celebrated the opening of the ITRI OCP Global Certification Testing Center at the OCP Taiwan Forum on March 4th. The new center will provide global validation service in support of OCP Foundation’s vision for open sourced hardware.