Quanta, a $37 billion Taiwanese data center equipment manufacturer which counts Facebook amongst its loyal customers, used this week’s Open Compute Summit in Texas to announce that it’s launching QCT, a subsidiary to market and sell off-the-shelf networking, storage and server solutions in the United States.
As you may guess from Quanta’s choice of venue, these new solutions are designed to meet the year-old Open Compute Project (OCP) specification – which is why OCP founder and leader Facebook uses their servers in the first place.
The OCP specification is designed to produce more efficient data centers that are both cheaper to operate and more friendly to the environment. QCT is meeting that challenge with a solution lineup where each part is designed as a specific part of a whole data center architecture, which the company promises solves problems of overengineering, overcomplexity and feature bloat.
So while Quanta usually custom-builds servers for larger, Facebook-scale companies, QCT’s value proposition hinges on enabling American midmarket and larger enterprises, service providers and government customers to reap those benefits at a fraction of the cost, with varying degrees of configurability but guaranteed interoperability.
Quanta never uses the words in its press release, but it sounds a lot like QCT is offering a converged infrastructure (CI) solution, except where EMC partnered up with Dell, Cisco, and a host of other data center mainstays to deliver VSPEX, QCT is delivering the whole solution stack all on its own. This announcement also comes as data center service providers continue the discussion around the benefits of facility optimization.
The upside, obviously, is that guaranteed compatibility. The downside is a lack of choice – if you choose to go with QCT, you may as well go whole hog and adopt the entire product lineup, or else you’re likely sacrificing the benefit.