Quanta Cloud expands data centre hardware business into China and Japan
Wed 14 Jan 2015
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.
According to Mike Yang, the firm’s general manager, the new offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Beijing and Hangzhou, China, will help accelerate its Asia Pacific expansion plans. “Our new offices in Japan and China will help us respond to the increasing demand for our products as we bring disruptive changes to the data centre ecosystem in these two markets,” he said in a statement.
Quanta has been catering to the data centre sector for a few years, with 2014 sales reaching T$88.8bn (£1.8bn) in December.
China is clearly an attractive spot for QTC, with the country currently leading Asia Pacific data centre growth and big players such as Amazon, Microsoft and Pacnet already incorporating the country in their data centre expansion strategies. QCT has also stated its plans to move into smaller cloud data centres, creating customer support bases for these local facilities at the new offices.
Quanta is tightly involved with the Open Compute Project (OCP), an open source community for data centre hardware set up by Facebook in an effort to cross out the need for unnecessary proprietary hardware and server management features.
A study conducted by Facebook found that a standard 1U-sized OEM server “used 28 watts of fan power to pull air through the impedance caused by that plastic bezel,” compared with an equivalent Open Compute server which used just three watts for that purpose.
“An HP or Dell server, or Open Compute server, they can all generally run the same workloads […] It’s just a matter of how much work you get done per watt per dollar,” said Frank Frankovsky, VP of hardware design and supply chain operations at Facebook.
The low-cost, efficient servers developed to meet OCP standards are designed therefore to help cut operating costs in web-scale data centres such as those run by Facebook, Microsoft, and Rackspace.