Techgoondu — Dell plans to hire about 300 more sales representatives in the Asia-Pacific region as part of efforts to capture a bigger slice of the business IT market. In a statement today, the company said the expanded sales force will be tasked to sell a full suite of IT products and services including servers, software, mobile devices and PCs to business customers. Hiring is currently underway and is expected to continue for several months, it added.
Quanta Computer reportedly is planning to expand its server business software team and will double the existing personnel to 100 by the end of 2015 and double the number again to 200 in 2016 to prepare for entering the enterprise server industry, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. As demand for datacenter establishment from players such as Google, Amazon and Facebook continues rising, these Internet service players have been nurturing white-box server players including Quanta Computer and Wiwynn to reduce costs.
Chinese server manufacturer Inspur launched a campaign on June 9 to attract clients of Hewlett-Packard following the American company’s recent announcement of a plan to restructure its Chinese operations, Chinese business news website Caixin reports. Shenzhen-based Inspur unveiled the campaign in Beijing, in which the company plans to work with 200 independent software vendors (ISVs) and system integrators (Sis) of HP’s Superdome server and migrate 400 applications to its rival product, TianSuo K1.
China’s X86 server market scale reached USD1.6 billion, a year-on-year increase of 23%, according to a report from market research firm Gartner. Inspur, Dell, and Lenovo ranked the top three in this market. Statistics from Gartner show that during the first quarter of 2015, the global server market saw obvious growth with shipments of 2.67 million units, representing a year-on-year increase of 13%. This was reportedly the first time for the global server market to reach double-digit growth since the global economic crisis in 2008.
Unisplendour Corporation Limited, a subsidiary of Tsinghua Holdings, will acquire a 51% stake in H3C from Hewlett-Packard for at about USD2.3 billion. The transaction is expected to close at the end of 2015 and it is still subject to the approvals of Unisplendour’s board of directors and related government authorities. According to the agreement signed by the two parties, the new H3C includes H3C Technologies and HP’s China-based server, storage and technology services businesses, which are valued at about USD4.5 billion (net of cash and debt).
In the first quarter of 2015, worldwide server shipments grew 13% on year, while revenues increased 17.9% from the first quarter of 2014, according to Gartner. “The first quarter of 2015 was a particularly strong start to the year, with the strongest shipment growth since the third quarter of 2010, when the market was recovering from the downturn. It was also the second-largest-volume quarter ever,” said Adrian O’Connell, research director at Gartner.
Global efforts in developing big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) are expected to give a boost to Taiwan’s information services industry, the Market Intelligence Center (MIC) said Saturday. On the back of development in these two sectors, Taiwan’s information service market is estimated to grow to NT$176.3 billion (US$5.78 billion) in 2018 from a projected NT$156.7 billion (US$25.2 billion) for 2015, the MIC said.
NEW YORK: Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced that it is selling a 51% stake in its China-based server business, creating a joint venture with Tsinghua Holdings that will be a sector leader in China. The US tech giant said it would sell the stake for $2.3 billion, creating a new business called H3C worth $4.5 billion that would be the leader in China in computer servers, storage and technology services. The deal brings together HP with the investment arm of China’s Tsinghua University in a company with some 8,000 employees and $3.1 billion in annual revenue.
Quanta Computer has become VCE’s exclusive supplier of servers used in its VxRack System, a hyper-converged rack-scale system for private cloud applications unveiled by VCE in early May, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. However, Quanta declined to comment on the report. VCE is a joint venture set up by EMC and Cisco Systems mainly for integrating EMC-developed storage equipment, Cisco-developed servers and VMware-developed virtualization software to provide private cloud computing solutions for enterprise users.
White-box server vendor Quanta Computer has recently started accelerating its private cloud computing solution development, looking to expand its sales in 2016 and the move is expected to directly affect Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell. Currently, direct supply to Internet service players already account for over 80% of Quanta’s server shipments.
NEW DELHI: Google is considering setting up a caching, or mirror, server in India which will enable the Internet major to throw up search results quicker and YouTube videos to load faster in the country which is going through a data explosion, thanks to surging smartphone sales. The US search giant has had initial discussions with fibre manufacturer Sterlite Technologies to co-locate the servers wherever the Indian company’s fibre network is being created, Anand Agarwal, chief executive of the Vedanta Group company, told ET.
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.
In addition to India, Inventec is also planning to establish plants in Southeast Asia and Japan for server production, mainly to serve its clients’ demand, according to company chairman Richard Lee. Inventec’s main server clients are Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell, bu the ODM has seen the majority of server orders come from HP, which has made aggressive moves in the server market.
Servers shipped in the Taiwan market in 2014 were worth NT$11.11 billion (US$352 million), growing 18.3% on year. NT$8.88 billion or 79.9% was due to brand vendors and NT$2.23 billion or 20.1% to direct-sale white-box ODMs, according to IDC Taiwan. Shipment value for volume (entry-level) servers increased 28.6% on year and accounted for 83.7% of total shipment value. Mid-range enterprise servers slipped 36% and took up 5.8%, and high-end enterprise models grew 1.5% and accounted for 10.5%.
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.
The much anticipated infrastructure refresh cycles and the new greenfield projects, which the government is planning to launch soon, will be the major drivers of growth for India’s storage and servers market. The server and storage vendors have their eyes set on the programmes such as ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’, both of which are expected to lead to the rise of a large number of greenfield projects.
GIGABYTE and Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ: AMCC) today announced the commercial availability of GIGABYTE’s MP30 server platform. Powered by AppliedMicro’s X-Gene Server on a Chip solution, the MP30 platform offers customers compelling performance-per-watt capability. The MP30 platform enables its users to optimize server hardware for specific workloads, thereby improving performance and value and reducing total cost of ownership.
Demand from emerging markets such as Russia and China for white-box servers directly supplied from ODMs has been increasing, pushing related ODMs to accelerate their paces on establishing full product lineups, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Because of the US government’s PRISM surveillance program, many Internet players in emerging markets are planning to establish in-house datacenters, boosting demand for datacenter hardware and bringing new business opportunities to Taiwan-based white-box server ODMs, the sources said.
Mitac Computing Technology, a cloud computing affiliate of the Mitac Group, is expected to achieve a double-digit percentage growth on year in 2015. In addition to increased cooperation with system integrator clients, the company also sees its server and storage OEM business growing, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
In the fourth quarter of 2014, worldwide server shipments increased 4.8% on year, while revenues grew 2.2% from the fourth quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. In all of 2014, worldwide server shipments grew 2.2%, and server revenues increased 0.8%. “There were several factors that produced the strong growth in the server market in 2014,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner.