In­spur servers form foun­da­tion of com­put­ing in­dus­tries’ growth

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - IP SPECIAL - By WANG XIN wangxin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

With the wide­spread use of big data and cloud com­put­ing tech­nolo­gies, China’s largest server maker In­spur Group is lever­ag­ing its in­no­va­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties to ex­pand abroad.

Its ma­jor busi­ness rev­enue is pro­jected to sur­pass 100 bil­lion yuan ($14.72 bil­lion) in 2020, with some 40 per­cent es­ti­mated to come from over­seas mar­kets, ac­cord­ing to a de­vel­op­ment plan the com­pany re­leased in 2016.

Cur­rently, over­seas sales con­trib­ute roughly 20 per­cent of its to­tal busi­ness rev­enue.

Be­hind the rapid growth is In­spur’s tech­no­log­i­cal prow­ess.

The com­pany, head­quar­tered in Ji­nan, Shan­dong prov­ince, de­vel­oped China’s first pro­pri­etar y 32- CPU server sys­tem — the Tian­suo K1 — in 2010, clos­ing the gap in server tech­nol­ogy be­tween China and Western coun­tries from 30 years to one to two years, in­dus­try in­sid­ers said.

The sys­tem en­abled China to be­come the third coun­try ca­pa­ble of de­vel­op­ing such ad­vanced ma­chines, af­ter the United States and Ja­pan.

“Main­frames are in­stru­men­tal to our coun­try’s in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy-based de­vel­op­ment strat­egy,” Sun Pishu, chair­man and CEO of the com­pany, said at the launch cer­e­mony in early 2013. “They are likened to air­craft car­ri­ers in the IT in­dus­try.”

The Tian­suo K1 sys­tem, in­cluded in the 863 Pro­gram, a na­tional high-tech re­search pro­gram ini­ti­ated by the Min­istry of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, has turned China’s heavy re­liance on im­ports of re­lated prod­ucts around and has helped to im­prove the coun­try’s data safety, said Gong Weifeng, vice-pres­i­dent of In­spur Elec­tronic In­for­ma­tion In­dus­try, the group’s sub­sidiary, in which more than 80 per­cent of In­spur Group’s re­search and de­vel­op­ment staff work.

Li Tuo, a chip re­searcher par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Tian­suo K1 sys­tem pro­gram, still re­mem­bers the tense at­mos­phere years ago.

In con­trast with the hum­ming ma­chines kept run­ning 24 hours a day, Li’s chip group stayed silent most of the time and worked in shifts to en­sure noth­ing was omit­ted from the mon­i­tor­ing re­sults.

Wang En­dong, the chief sci­en­tist at In­spur Group in charge of the pro­gram, said: “It is the dream of In­spur staff to hold core tech­nolo­gies con­cern­ing premier sev­ers.

“When we have the op­por­tu­nity to make it come true, we will go all out — it’s worth it.”

The sys­tem won the 2014 Na­tional Awards for Science and Tech­nol­ogy Progress and renowned Euro­pean de­sign awards in the same year — the Red Dot Award and the iF De­sign Award.

Cen­ter­ing around the sys­tem alone, the com­pany has filed nearly 2,000 patent ap­pli­ca­tions in China, more than 100 of which have been granted so far. It also has won eight in­ter­na­tional patents.

Gong said: “With­out gen- er­at­ing patents, an em­ployee is not suit­able for an R&D po­si­tion.”

In his com­pany, more than 3,000 patent fil­ings rolled out last year, as about 60 per­cent of its em­ploy­ees are in­volved in R&D, he said.

With the noted strength in in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty, In­spur also set many other records in the do­mes­tic IT in­dus­try.

The com­pany de­vel­oped China’s first server in 1993, which broke the for­eign tech­nol­ogy mo­nop­oly and ush­ered in the coun­try’s sever man­u­fac­tur­ing era. It also launched a new main­frame gen­er­a­tion named Tian­suo M13 at the end of last year, re­in­forc­ing its lead­ing po­si­tion in the in­dus­try.

Data from mar­ket re­search firm Gart­ner show that In­spur ranked among the top five server sell­ers world­wide in the first quar­ter of this year.

In­spur is ex­pected to have sig­nif­i­cant in­flu­ence on the de­vel­op­ment of China’s largescale data cen­ters, Gart­ner an­a­lysts said.

To date, In­spur has ex­ported its prod­ucts and tai­lor­made IT tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tions to more than 100 coun­tries and re­gions.

This page is jointly pub­lished by the State In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Of­fice and China Daily. To com­ment or con­trib­ute, please e-mail ipr@chi­nadaily.com.cn or con­tact ed­i­tors at +86-10-6499 5774. pro­jected rev­enue of In­spur in 2020

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Work­ers as­sem­ble servers on an In­spur pro­duc­tion line in Ji­nan, Shan­dong prov­ince.

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