Hardware firms Foxconn and HP are working together to develop servers aimed at the service provider market.
The two firms have worked closely together for decades. The firms say that they will produce servers with a low total cost of ownership that complement HP's already existing Moonshot range. It is possible that they will develop no-frills boxes for service providers such as social networks and avoid competing with Proliant and Moonshot.
HP CEO Meg Whitman said: "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. 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."
There is not much detail on what will be produced, but in a statement the firms suggested that they would work lean and fast and react to the market. Terms such as "high-density", "easy-to-manage" and "cost-competitive", are mentioned.
Foxconn, which is perhaps best known as the Apple iPhone manufacturing centre expects benefits from the move to cloud server systems.
Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn, said: "Cloud computing is radically changing the entire supply chain for the server market as customers place new demands on the breadth of design capability, value-oriented solutions and large-scale and global manufacturing capabilities. In partnership with HP's server leadership, we are embracing this new opportunity to change the industry, capture growth in this emerging market, and deliver end-to-end value as we expand our global leadership in design and manufacturing."
The firms will officially begin work on 1 May.
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