Supermicro Looks to Shake Up Server Market
May 20, 2013 9:00 PM
comment(s) - last by
Supermicro CEO Charles Liang
In the server market, Supermicro prepares for a tough battle against industry heavyweights
If you've been following the server market, you'd know that there's a bit of a shakeup going on. HP is starting to lose a bit of share, while
Dell is starting to slowly creep up
expense of profits
. And IBM is once again looking to divest itself of computer manufacturing. In 2005, IBM
sold its consumer PC business to Lenovo
. These days, IBM is looking to
offload part of its server division to the same company
With all the turmoil taking place, Supermicro is lying in wait. Supermicro CEO Charles Liang founded the company in 1993 (with just five total employees) and has steered the company to growth every year of its existence (the company now has roughly 1,600 employees worldwide). Supermicro might not have the market share of the aforementioned big boys, but it prides itself on being an engineering-driven company that is more nimble when it comes to design innovation and launching new products..
that while he is the company’s founder, CEO and President, he spends about 70 percent of his time in the trenches with the engineers – it’s in his blood.
But that attention to product engineering allows Supermicro to come to market faster with new products based on the latest Intel processors. Liang noted that his company has a wide range of motherboards and systems ready to go to take advantage of
, including a more power efficient version of its
MicroCloud 3U 8/12 Node SuperServer
is looking to provide a 5 to 15 percent boost in performance at the same clock speed as
while providing a lower power profile and better scalability (not to mention the
claimed huge boost in GPU performance
However nimble Supermicro may be, it still has to compete for customers against heavyweights like Dell and HP with 22.2 percent and 25 percent respectively of the global server market according to Gartner in Q1 2013. When asked about how Supermicro hopes to snag customers away from the market leaders, Liang kept repeating a similar mantra: “performance-per-watt”.
According to Liang, performance-per-watt is what sets Supermicro apart from the herd. His company often benchmarks its server products against those from competitors and reckons that comparable offerings from Supermicro are “10 to 16 percent more efficient”. The increased power efficiency adds up to $500 in savings per node every four years in products like the
FatTwin SuperServer SYS-F617R3-FT
. In terms of capacity-per-U, Liang also points to its 4-node FatTwin
and its recently launched 4U SuperStorage box
supporting 72x external hot-swap 3.5” HDDs.
When it comes to the company expanding for the future, and grabbing additional market share, Liang notes that Supermicro has invested in its system integration logistics center in the Netherlands to cater to its European customers and a brand new, one million square foot technology park for System Integration, Logistics and Operation located in Taoyuan, Taiwan (the latter of which was a two-year process in securing land, construction, and hiring workers).
Liang feels that his company has its finger on the pulse of the industry, and is gearing up for continued growth this year. But will David (Supermicro) slay Goliath (HP, Dell)? Maybe not just yet, but we all know how that story ended.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
5/21/2013 6:17:20 PM
Their 06 vintage boards sucked but the late 90s boards where rock solid.
They even had a mouse driven bios for for that old P2 board.
I was able to use a slocket to upgrade it to a p3 and it lasted almost a decade before it started randomly rebooting.
"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
Dell Profits Shrink as Contenders Battle to Buyout Company
May 17, 2013, 9:32 AM
Intel Announces New Integrated Graphics Cores, Promises Up to a 3x Performance Boost
May 2, 2013, 11:19 AM
IDF 2012: Haswell GT2/GT3 Processors Run "Skyrim"
September 12, 2012, 9:48 PM
"Prepare to be Punished": Microsoft is Killing OneDrive With Cuts, Blames Users
November 3, 2015, 8:23 PM
Apple's New "Magic" Peripheral Line Packs High Tech, High Prices
October 13, 2015, 9:39 PM
Samsung Adds 2 TB 850 EVO, PRO SSDs for $800, $1000
July 7, 2015, 4:23 PM
Seagate Senior Researcher: Heat Can Kill Data on Stored SSDs
May 13, 2015, 2:49 PM
How to Recover Most Apps After Your NVIDIA Driver Crashes in Windows 10
March 30, 2015, 12:54 PM
Tinkerer Gets Old School Mac Plus Running on the Modern Web
March 24, 2015, 6:41 PM
Most Popular Articles
DHS and TSA: Whoops, We Missed That 73 Airport Employees May be Terrorists
November 19, 2015, 2:16 PM
iPhone 7 May Pack 3-4 GB Memory, More Storage; 4-Inch Comeback is Rumored
November 20, 2015, 10:12 PM
Creationists are Mad About Google Doodle Depicting Evolution
November 24, 2015, 8:48 PM
Glenn Beck's Attempt at Anti-Refugee Meme Proves He's Really, Really Dumb
November 18, 2015, 4:17 PM
Jumbo Joust: iPad Pro vs. Surface Pro 3 vs. Surface Pro 4
November 11, 2015, 1:00 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information