Category Archives: Quanta
Intel RSA is the chip vendor’s own modular architecture design that disaggregates compute, storage and networking and weaves them together in a fabric it claims makes resources easier to pool and pod. Now Quanta has developed a proof of concept for a server that blends Intel’s RSA specs and Open Compute designs. The hardware vendor, which already offers hardware based on Open Compute designs, claims will significantly reduce datacentre energy consumption and costs, reduce vendor lock-in and ease management and maintenance.
Global data centre hardware producer Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT) has opened two new offices in China and Japan responding to demand for sales and support services across the two regions. QCT specialises in the design and manufacture of hardware employed in large-scale data centre operations for web giants such as Facebook. It is a branch of Quanta Computer, the Taiwanese compute manufacturer which produces IT products for some of the world’s leading tech companies.
Facebook’s hope that its open compute project (OCP) would bring hyperscale-style innovation to the world is bearing fruit, with an Australian company revealing a range of converged infrastructure and virtual SAN products using its server designs. The company in question, Infrx, is currently a tiny affair with just four staff. But that hasn’t stopped it from working with Facebook, striking up a relationship with hyperscale kit-makers Quanta and Wiwynn and releasing a range of products.
Fusion-io, a company focused on flash storage in the data center, said its products will be integrated into Quanta Rackgo X systems, which are stripped down servers. The news comes out of the Open Compute Project (OCP) conference in San Jose. For Fusion-io, the Quanta deal means more distribution. The move also shows how white-box manufacturers, contractors that make servers and PCs for other companies, have become players in the data center. In other words, movements like OCP mean so-called “vanity free” servers are gaining ground.
For years, Quanta Computer has been building servers for Facebook and Rackspace based on design concepts advanced by the Open Compute Project (OCP). Today Quanta QCT launched a line of hardware products making those Open Compute designs available to a broader pool of customers.
Open Compute Project Rack Solution to be Among Products Demonstrated by Quanta QCT at Intel IDF Event This Week
Visitors to the Intel Developer Forum event (IDF ’13) this week in San Francisco have a chance to witness demonstrations of a new Open Compute (OCP) rack solution and a recently announced microserver solution from Quanta QCT. The products will be running alongside other compute, storage and switch solutions that the company has designed specifically for the needs of customers in the high-performance computing, cloud-ready datacenter and hyperscale datacenter segments of the market.
Storing pictures over a period of time is a challenge for even small households. So how does a company like Facebook, with over 1.1 billion users posting millions of images every second, overcome their big data problem? When Facebook decided to open a new data centre at the Arctic coast town of Lulea in Sweden and redesign its old one in Oregon, USA, it also changed the way servers were made till then.
It all started, Mike Yang says, with a conversation he had with Facebook’s vice president of technical operations in 2007 or 2008. Rather than source servers through a traditional vendor like IBM for its data centers, Facebook turned to Quanta. Back then, Quanta didn’t sell servers directly to customers, it only built them for traditional server vendors who then put their name on them and sold them to customers. Fast forward a few years, and a majority of Quanta’s server revenue stems from direct deals — 65 percent in 2012, and a forecasted 85 percent this year. Now, it counts other large-scale server buyers such as Rackspace among its customers.
Server sales are up after a sluggish start to 2012, but growth isn’t coming from the incumbent server vendors, say several new reports. The “other” category, which includes Quanta and other companies building custom servers for large cloud companies had the most impressive growth, suggesting a significant impact for Open Compute designs at the expense of major server makers like Dell and HP.
Facebook’s year-old project to develop open-source hardware designs with the aim to build efficient data centres gained momentum on Wednesday, with some top technology companies joining the effort and introducing server designs. The company provided details about implementations of the open hardware designs and also announced new members of the Open Compute Project, including Hewlett-Packard, Advanced Micro Devices, Fidelity, Quanta, Tencent, Salesforce.com, VMware, Canonical and Supermicro.