Digi Times — With Intel expected to launch its next-generation server platform Purley in the second half of 2017, vendors such as Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell and Lenovo have recently started finishing their request for quotation (RFQ) processes for server orders for 2017 and Inventec reportedly has landed a majority of server orders from HP, while its orders from Dell and Lenovo also increased dramatically, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Digi Times — Quanta Computer and Wiwynn, a server subsidiary of Wistron, are expected to land more cloud server orders from their clients in 2016 as Internet service providers are looking to reduce their suppliers in order to further cut costs. Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell are expected to be impacted by the decision.
Digi Times — Seeing competition growing fierce, Quanta Computer and Wiwynn, a server subsidiary of Wistron, have turned to target second-tier Internet service providers for orders with Quanta receiving orders from Uber for its datacenter and Wiwynn acquiring orders from Twitter, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Both ODMs declined to comment on their orders or clients.
Digi Times — The fourth-largest server brand vendor worldwide Cisco reportedly has recently switched its manufacturing partner to Wistron from Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) because of Foxconn’s joint venture partnership with Hewlett-Packard (HP), according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Related players have declined to comment on their orders.
Digi Times — Taiwan’s revenues for server motherboards, servers, storage devices and related network equipment are expected to rise 4.7% on year to reach NT$494.3 billion (US$15.28 billion) in 2015. The growth will be weaker than that seen in 2014 and 2013, as enterprises have not invested in server products as much as expected. Global server shipments are also expected to drop 6.3% from the 2014 level to reach only 9.71 million units in 2015, according to Digitimes Research’s new report on the server sector.
Want China Times— US chipmaker Qualcomm Technologies recently announced early specs for a new ARM-based data center system on a chip (SoC), expanding beyond mobile chips into the lucrative server processor sector dominated by Intel. Chinese enterprises should take cues from Qualcomm’s recent move, web portal Sina.com writes.
Datacenter Knowledge — Quanta Cloud Technology, subsidiary of the Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Quanta Computer, has introduced a hyper converged infrastructure offering that combines its hardware, including Open Compute servers, storage, networking switches, and racks, with virtualization and cloud software options by VMware, Canonical, Red Hat, Microsoft, and Mirantis, among others.
Enterprise Tech — Cisco Systems continues to expand its considerable presence in China despite growing friction between U.S. high-tech companies and the government of Chinese President Xi Jinping. On the eve of President Xi’s visit to the U.S., Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins provided more details about a joint venture with Chinese cloud computing and datacenter company Inspur Group. The Chinese server maker is the primary vendor behind the Tianhe-2, the world’s fastest supercomputer.
The Register — Cisco has revealed the first concrete outcome of its new China strategy, inking a deal with the server maker best known for helping build the Tianhe-2 supercomputer. The Borg has long complained that China has been getting in the way of growth. Most recently, the company sent the broom through its executive suites before announcing a US$10 billion plan to revitalise the region.
Digi Times — Average contract prices for server DRAM chips have fallen 15% since the beginning of the third quarter, due to weak demand, according to DRAMeXchange. Shipments of branded enterprise servers have decelerated and even dropped due to a weak global economy and currency rate fluctuations, DRAMeXchange indicated. These factors, together with lackluster demand for all types of DRAM, are driving down server DRAM prices.
Digi Times — In the second quarter of 2015, worldwide server shipments grew 8% on year, while revenues increased 7.2% from the second quarter of 2014, according to Gartner. “The second quarter on-year growth for 2015 slowed compared with the annual growth of the first quarter of the year,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner.
Digi Times — Acer has reportedly obtained orders for servers used in data centers from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which could affect TSMC’s orders to its original supplier IBM, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Although Lenovo’s share in the server market has quickly picked up from 3% to 8% after acquiring IBM’s x86 server business, some of IBM’s original clients have concerns and have started to look eleswhere for supplies, the sources said.
Tech in Asia — ChinaNetCloud, a China-based that provides cloud server solutions, announced Monday that it has raised a US$9 million series A. The round was led by Juren Capital with participation from Jolly Capital – both Chinese investment firms in the Shanghai area. ChinaNetCloud says the funding will be used to accelerate the company’s growth and further tech development.
China Tech News — China’s Inspur will invest CNY10 billion to distribute cloud computing data centers across the entire country. Inspur said that with solutions for the secure cloud, industrial cloud, and service cloud, Inspur will provide comprehensive cloud services to regional governments, industrial companies, and large enterprises.
Digi Times — Dell’s server shipments and revenues have been growing at a double-digit rate over the past few years, and it now ranks as the second-largest server vendor globally in terms of shipments and revenues, according to Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, vice president and general manager of server solutions unit at Dell.
Digi Times — According to IDC APeJ Server Tracker, the x86 server market in India grew 7.5% in terms of shipments, while in terms of revenues the market witnessed a double-digit percentage on-year growth in the first quarter of 2015. A key highlight of this quarter was the increased uptake of higher priced density and rack optimized servers that led to an increase in the ASP of the servers in the first quarter of 2015 and in-turn resulted in a higher growth percentage in terms of revenues rather than shipments.
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.