Quanta Cloud Technology, which designs and manufactures custom hardware for web-scale data center operators, such as Facebook, has opened offices in China and Japan to provide sales and support services to customers in the two countries.
QCT is a subsidiary of the Taiwan-based manufacturer Quanta Computer. Until it opened the new offices in December, it had facilities in Taiwan and Fremont, California.
While Quanta initially got into the data center hardware business by making IT gear to order for the big suppliers, such as Dell, or HP, several years ago it started making hardware and selling it directly to the big data center operators.
But the company has also been making efforts to sell off-the-shelf hardware to smaller cloud data center operators that have more modest infrastructure needs than the web-scale giants do.
Quanta has been involved with the Open Compute Project, the Facebook-led open source data center and hardware design initiative. The project has become a valuable point of access for vendors to big data center operators, which in addition to Facebook also include Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Fidelity Investments, Baidu, Yandex, and Rackspace, among others.
QCT General Manager Mike Yang said the company opened the new offices as a response to demand from cloud data center operators in the two important markets. “Our new offices in Japan and China will help us respond to the increasing demand for our products as we bring disruptive changes to the data center ecosystem in these two markets,” he said in a statement.