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HP and Foxconn Partner on New Server Line to Reinvigorate Interest from Cloud Service Providers

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HP and Foxconn are collaborating on a new line of cloud-optimized servers specifically targeting the world’s largest online service providers like Google and Amazon.

The new product line will be designed around providing the specific compute requirements for large cloud installations, while delivering low total cost of ownership, service and support. It will also be designed to address the challenges associated with hyperscale by providing architecture that can scale to meet increasing demand.

Taiwan-based Foxconn is an original design manufacturer known for manufacturing technology products ranging from computers to cell phones and video game consoles, as well as its controversial working conditions in China.

According to a Re/code report, Foxconn’s ODM competitor Quanta Computer has been recently bypassing brands like Dell and HP, and selling servers directly to cloud providers such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Rackspace. This gives those cloud providers more control over the design of the servers, as well as cost benefits.

This partnership between HP and Foxconn, however, can be seen as a way for traditional server companies like HP to be more innovative and provide value to these large corporations that now have more sourcing options available.

“With the relentless demands for compute capabilities, customers and partners are rapidly moving to a new style of IT that requires focused, scalable and high-volume system designs,” HP president and CEO Meg Whitman said in a statement. “This partnership reflects business model innovation in our server business, where the high-volume design and manufacturing expertise of Foxconn, combined with the compute and service leadership of HP, will enable us to deliver a game-changing offering in infrastructure economics.”

According to HP, the new server line will complement HP’s existing ProLiant server portfolio which includes Moonshot. Details on pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

Editor’s Note: The WHIR is hosting a webinar with HP on May 14, 2014, on HP Moonshot. Find out more and register for free.

About the Author

David Hamilton is a Toronto-based technology journalist who has written for the National Post and other news outlets. He has covered the hosting industry internationally for the Web Host Industry Review with particular attention to innovative hosting solutions and the issues facing the industry. David is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Humber College School of Media Studies.

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