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Increasing Adoption of White Box Servers among End Users, Growing Number of Data Centers, and Rising Adoption of Open Standard Platforms Such as Open Compute Project


A white box server is a data center computer which is not manufactured by a well-known vendor. It can be found in large data centers run by giant Internet companies such as Google (U.S.) and Facebook Inc. (U.S.). White box servers are usually purchased in bulk quantities from original design manufacturers (ODMs). ODMs generally build their servers with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components that can be assembled in different ways or upgraded to provide the customer with a degree of system customization. The white box server market was valued at USD 4.59 Billion in 2015 and is expected to reach USD 14.43 Billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 18.6% between 2016 and 2022. The growth of this market is propelled by factors such as low cost and high degree of customization, increasing adoption of white box servers among end users, growing number of data centers, and rising adoption of open standard platforms such as Open Compute Project, Project Scorpio, and so on.

Quanta Computer Inc. (Taiwan) is a leading player in the white box server market. Quanta, along with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing, processing, and selling laptop computers and telecommunication products worldwide. Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT) is a subsidiary of Quanta Computer Inc. QCT is one of global data center solution providers extending the power of hyperscale data center design in standard and open SKUs to all data center customers. Its product lines include servers, storage systems, network switches, integrated rack systems, and cloud solutions. Quanta has been a big proponent of the Open Compute Project, which was started by Facebook in April 2011 to open source the social networks own server, storage, rack, and data center designs. In October 2013, Quanta QCT started selling OCP-compliant machinery to customers in the United States and Canada. It designed servers for Facebook in 2011 as a part of the Open Compute Project. Quanta supplies servers to many giant players in the white box server market such as Facebook Inc. (U.S.), Rackspace, Inc. (U.S.), and so on.

Wistron Corp. is one of the leading players of the white box servers market. Wiwynn Corp. is a subsidiary of Wistron Corp. that designs, develops, manufactures, deploys, and repairs computing and storage products for data centers.

In 2015, Wistronís key product lines were server, VoIP, and storage which were responsible for generating significant revenue for the company. In 2016, the company is planning to focus on enhancing the competitiveness of core businesses including PCs, servers, and smartphones. As a part of strategy, the company focuses on creating value-added products to satisfy the demands of end customers in the value chain. It also focuses on strengthening investment strategies and vertically integrated products to obtain a leading status in the industry, thereby acquiring a stronger growth dynamic.

The other companies involved in the white box server market include Inventec Corporation (Taiwan), Hon Hai Precision Industry Company Ltd. (Taiwan), MiTAC Holdings Corp. (Taiwan), Celestica Inc. (Canada), Compal Electronics (Taiwan), Hyve Solutions (U.S.), Penguin Computing (U.S.), Servers Direct (U.S.), Stack Velocity Group (U.S.), Super Micro Computer Inc. (U.S.), Silicon Mechanics (U.S.), and ZT Systems (U.S.).

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