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Foxconn & HP Strike Deal to Build ProLiant Cloud Servers

By - Source: HP

Foxconn, which manufactures the majority of Apple's iPhone and iPad tablets, has signed a deal with Hewlett Packard to create a new line of cloud-optimized servers. This new line will focus on the world's largest service providers, and complement HP's current ProLiant server portfolio.

"The changing needs of cloud computing require a new approach to server design that brings together cloud solutions expertise, quick customer response and volume manufacturing," HP states in it's press release. "Creating innovative servers and solutions has been a cornerstone of the relationship between Foxconn and HP for several decades and today’s announcement further strengthens the partnership."

HP President and CEO Meg Whitman said that the partnership reflects innovation in the company's server business model through combining the compute and service leadership of HP with the high-volume design and manufacturing expertise of Foxconn. This combination will enable both parties to "deliver a game-changing offering in infrastructure economics."

Terry Gou, founder and chairman of Foxconn, said that the development of cloud computing has "radically" changed the global server supply chain. Thanks to the partnership with HP, both parties 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."

In the form of a strategic commercial agreement, the new partnership came into effect on May 1, 2014. HP and Foxconn will reveal pricing and availability at a later date.

Just last week Foxconn signed a deal with Beijing-based 21Vianet Group, Inc., the largest carrier-neutral internet data center services provider in China. The agreement will see the construction of carrier-neutral internet data centers, and the development of cloud services targeting the Chinese market. More on this here: Foxconn - Making the Move for the Data Center?

As previously reported, both parties will be responsible for the supply chain management of 21Vianet's IDC projects, including design, development, manufacturing and construction of Internet data centers. They will also cooperate over domestic data center planning, design, construction, project financing and operation and maintenance, as well as on developing overseas data center markets.

The two companies plan to select data center projects in Tianjin and Shenzhen as part of the initial cooperation in 2014.