27 May '13, 8am

Facebook OCP creating competition for Taiwan hardware makers

Facebook OCP creating competition for Taiwan hardware makers Aaron Lee, Taipei; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Monday 27 May 2013] Although Facebook's Open Compute Project (OCP) is expected to benefit Taiwan-based ODMs in terms of shipping servers directly to Internet players, sources from the server industry are concerned that the ODMs will see increasing competition in the future as joining the project means that the ODMs have already given up some of the patent protections they used to have. Wiwynn, a Wistron subsidiary that supplies Internet storage to Facebook, has recently faced competition from US-based ZT System, which offered a storage solution similar to that of Wiwynn. Since Wiwynn and ZT System are both members of Facebook OCP, the shared hardware specifications have allowed ZT System to quickly catch up, and once standardization is completed, hardware makers may need...

Full article: http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20130527PD208.html

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