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Inspur Group Co., Ltd.
Industry Information technology
Founded 2000
Headquarters Jinan, Shandong, China
Products Computer hardware
Revenue 36.68 billion Yuan (2011)[1]
Website .com.inspurwww

Inspur (officially Inspur Group Co., Ltd., formerly Langchao) (浪潮 in Chinese, means "tides") is a Chinese multinational information technology company headquartered in Jinan, Shandong, China.

Inspur's business activities include server manufacturing and software development. The company also acts as an outsourcing recipient for both the United States of America and Japan. The company's most important product is server hardware.

Inspur Group has three publicly listed subsidiaries: Inspur Information, Inspur Software and Inspur International.[1]


As recently as 2000, Inspur was a local company based in Shandong, with its business activities spanning North China. The company later moved its marketing center to Beijing, the IT industry hub of China, and expanded its operations to the national level.

In 2005 it was reported that Microsoft had invested 20 million US$ in the company.[2] On 18 April 2006, the company switched its name from "Langchao" to "Inspur" in hopes it would increase its sales from overseas markets by as much as thirty percent by 2010.

Inspur announced several agreements with virtualization software developer VMware on research and development of cloud computing technologies and related products.[3][4]

In August 2009, Inspur acquired the Xi'an-based research and development facilities of Qimonda AG for 30 million Chinese yuan (around US$4 million).[5][6] The centre had been responsible for design and development of Qimonda's DRAM products.[6]

In November 2011, Shandong Inspur Software Co., Ltd., Inspur Electronic Information Co., Ltd. and Inspur (Shandong) Electronic Information Company, established a cloud computing joint venture, with each holding a 33.3% stake.[7]

Inspur participated in the production of printed circuit boards and the installation and testing of the Chinese Tianhe-2 Supercomputer, revealed in June 2013 as the most powerful supercomputer in the world. Arriving several years ahead of schedule, and with 32,000 Xeon processors alongside 48,000 Xeon Phi accelerator processors, the Tianhe-2 supercomputer can manage a quadrillion mathematical calculations per second (33.85 petaflops), double that of the previous leader and closer rival, the Titan supercomputer located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA.[8][9][10]

In July 2014, it was reported that due to security concerns, several Chinese industries would consider using Inspur's Tiansuo K1 as their preferred model of server.[11]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Inspur Group Profile Profile". Inspur Group. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Microsoft Invests Even More in China". SCI-Tech China Daily. 27 September 2005. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Tuo Yannan (23 May 2012). "Vmware joins with China's Inspur". China Daily. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "VMware and Inspur Announce OEM Agreement to Further Accelerate Adoption of Virtualization in China". Press release (VMware). 25 June 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Inspur completes takeover of Qimonda's Chinese research center". EE Times. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Inspur Group struggles to compete with foreign technology powerhouses". Alibaba. 23 August 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Shandong Inspur Software Co., Ltd. to Set up JV". Reuters. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
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  10. ^ Peter Judge (17 June 2013). "China’s Tianhe-2 Takes Top500 Supercomputing Crown". Tech Week Europe. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "China Starts Replacing IBM Servers With Local Brand over Cyber Threats". 6 July 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Domestic servers striving to lead info market 2007-08-06
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