PRNewswire — SAN JOSE: OCP was held at the San Jose Conference Center. As a server vendor with comprehensive strength in the Chinese cloud computing market, a cloud computing specialist with number one shares in the Chinese market as well as a sales volume and R&D capacity that ranks in the top five in the world, Inspur’s participation in this distinguished event not just represents further communication with the media and industry peers, but also exhibited Inspur’s comprehensive cabinet server SmartRack, the Tissot 860G3, the HPC and other high-performance core products and solutions.
In order to compete with China-based vendors Inspur and Sugon Information Industry for data center server orders from Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, Lenovo will strengthen its partnership with Taiwan-based ODM Inventec, with the latter to be specifically responsible for R&D and ODM production, according to industry sources.
Inside HPC — In this special guest feature, Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing Worldreports on how China’s commercial supercomputer manufacturers are seeking export markets with the support of their Government. Big data, cloud computing, and the servers to run the internet, are all targets in an export drive by Chinese supercomputing manufacturers whose ambitions reach far beyond China and beyond high performance computing.
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.
Asia One — United States tech multinationals rushed to grab Chinese partners during President Xi Jinping’s US trip on Thursday, hopping to get more government procurement deals in China. Microsoft Corp and its Chinese cloud computing partner 21Vianet will partner with State-owned information technology company Unisplendour, targeting government and SOE customers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the server market’s rapid growth and the China government’s aggressive efforts to build up the country’s server industry, China-based server brand vendors have all seen their annual shipment growths surpassing 50% in the past few years. As Lenovo completed the acquisition of IBM’s server business in September of 2014, Digitimes Research expects the strong growth to continue in 2015.
Seeing Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business and competition in the server industry growing fierce, China-based server player Inspur is also aggressively seeking acquisition targets and expects to achieve some results in 2015, according to a Chinese-language National Business Daily report citing company chairman Sun Pishu.
Chinese technology company Inspur and American open source manufacturer Red Hat have reached a strategic deal to combine Red Hat’s latest-generation enterprise operating system Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 with Inspur’s X86 platform products. According to the agreement, Inspur and Red Hat will become OEM partners. The OEM partner designation is the highest partner rank for Red Hat and Inspur will enjoy the best prices and the highest priority technical support. Other financial terms of the deal were not released.