HP, Foxconn Partner To Make Cloud-Optimized Servers

Hewlett-Packard and Foxconn are partnering to create a new product line of servers for the cloud. The new offerings will be designed specifically for service providers.

In their announcement Wednesday, the companies indicated the new servers would fill the growing needs of service providers, who are looking for both performance gains and cost reductions even as they expand. The companies also mentioned the transition from hosting-as-a-service model to new delivery platforms like Infrastructure-as-a-Service, which will boost the need for cloud-optimized servers.

HP President and CEO Meg Whitman said in a statement that "customers and partners are rapidly moving to a new style of IT that requires focused, scalable and high-volume system designs."

'Business Model Innovation'

She added that the alliance with Foxconn "reflects business model innovation in our server business, where the high-volume design and manufacturing expertise of Foxconn, combined with the computer and service leadership of HP, will enable us to deliver a game-changing offering in infrastructure economics."

The joint venture will formally begin Thursday. The companies did not release any details about pricing, technology or availability. The new servers are expected to be sold under the HP brand, at least at the beginning, and they will be available in a variety of rack form factors.

HP is the largest server vendor in the world, accounting for 28 percent of the market as of fourth quarter. Taiwan-based Foxconn is the largest contract manufacturer of electronics, making most of Apple's iPhones and iPads, for instance, as well as HP's ProLiant servers.

Earlier this year, IBM sold its low-end server business to China's Lenovo, and, following that move, Whitman told The Wall Street Journal that she saw IBM's sale as providing an opportunity for HP to increase its market share in that space. IBM is licensing its Power processor to server makers, however.

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HP, Foxconn Partner To Make Cloud-Optimized Servers

Hewlett-Packard and Foxconn are partnering to create a new product line of servers for the cloud. The new offerings will be designed specifically for service providers.

In their announcement Wednesday, the companies indicated the new servers would fill the growing needs of service providers, who are looking for both performance gains and cost reductions even as they expand. The companies also mentioned the transition from hosting-as-a-service model to new delivery platforms like Infrastructure-as-a-Service, which will boost the need for cloud-optimized servers.

HP President and CEO Meg Whitman said in a statement that "customers and partners are rapidly moving to a new style of IT that requires focused, scalable and high-volume system designs."

'Business Model Innovation'

She added that the alliance with Foxconn "reflects business model innovation in our server business, where the high-volume design and manufacturing expertise of Foxconn, combined with the computer and service leadership of HP, will enable us to deliver a game-changing offering in infrastructure economics."

The joint venture will formally begin Thursday. The companies did not release any details about pricing, technology or availability. The new servers are expected to be sold under the HP brand, at least at the beginning, and they will be available in a variety of rack form factors.

HP is the largest server vendor in the world, accounting for 28 percent of the market as of fourth quarter. Taiwan-based Foxconn is the largest contract manufacturer of electronics, making most of Apple's iPhones and iPads, for instance, as well as HP's ProLiant servers.

Earlier this year, IBM sold its low-end server business to China's Lenovo, and, following that move, Whitman told The Wall Street Journal that she saw IBM's sale as providing an opportunity for HP to increase its market share in that space. IBM is licensing its Power processor to server makers, however.

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