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What is Supermicro?

Supermicro is a company based in California that develops and provides computing solutions designed for data centers, cloud computing, enterprise IT, big data, HPC, and embedded markets. It focuses on servers, storage, blades, rack solutions, networking devices, server management software, and workstations. The company owns manufacturing spaces in the Netherlands and a science and technology park in Taiwan. Supermicro provides server solutions enabling it to deliver application-optimized solutions. The company currently has 2 million square foot of global manufacturing footprint, global operations in more than 100 countries. The company is ranked among the Fortune 1000 companies and announced annual revenue of $3.6 billion in the fiscal year 2019.

Supermicro was founded by Charles Liang, Wally Liaw, and Sara Liu in 1993 in San Jose, USA. Charles Liang is still the company’s CEO and chairman of the board and Sara Liu is senior vice president of operations, treasurer, and director. The company announced the world’s first x86 DP server boards based on Orion chipset in 1995 and the following year, expanded its operations to Taiwan. In 1997 Supermicro also introduced the industry’s first server boards supporting Intel Pentium Pro and Pentium 2 processors. In 1998 the company opened its European subsidiary in the Netherlands and a year later introduces the industry’s first redundant cooling power supply. The company also released the world’s highest-performing 1U servers in 2000 and the industry’s first dual Intel Xeon server in 2001.

Between 2001 and 2014 the company introduced the rackmount server system, the first 64 bit 1U Intel Itanium platform, AMD solutions, low voltage Intel Xeon server solutions, Server Building Block Solutions, TwinBlade, GPU SuperBlade, SuperRack, and MicroCloud platforms, TwinPro and TwinPro SuperServer product lines. During that period the company also announced an IPO and traded on NASDAQ and opened its Taiwan Science and Technology Park.

In 2014, Supermicro moved the corporate headquarters to San Jose, California and named the campus Supermicro Green Computing Park. In 2017, Supermicro also completed a 182,000 square foot manufacturing facility on the campus. In 2016 the company was also named the World’s Fastest-Growing IT infrastructure company by Fortune Magazine. In 2017 Supermicro’s MicroBlade servers enabled the World’s Highest Efficiency Data Center and in 2019 the company also announced the expansion of Silicon Valley Corporate Headquarters and groundbreaking for new 800,000 square foot building in Taiwan.

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