Out for Intel’s “Data Center Solutions Group” (DSG): The business is sold to the Taiwanese MiTAC group, which also includes the server brand Tyan. To date, DSG has developed and sold components for servers and complete systems, such as server mainboards, suitable rack housings including power supplies, some HPC servers and suitable host adapters.
An Intel spokesman confirmed the sale of the DSG to MiTAC to US website ServeTheHome (STH). With the DSG, Intel is releasing another business area that is not part of its core business, i.e. the development and production of processors and other chips as well as semiconductor contract manufacturing. In 2020, Intel sold its own SSD division to SK Hynix (Solidigm), and later discontinued the non-volatile Optane memory business.
In early 2023, it was announced that Intel had also stopped developing chips for network switches; Intel only took over the Barefoot company (with the Tofino chips) in 2019. In addition, Intel stopped numerous open source projects, cut jobs, cut salaries and dividends.
Supplier for system houses and hosters
Large brands such as HPE, Dell, Lenovo, Inspur or Cisco supply the majority of all x86 servers. Many smaller server companies equip their systems based on barebones and server boards from manufacturers such as Supermicro, Tyan, Gigabyte, Asus, MSI and also Intel. In addition, customer-specific systems and open designs such as those of the Open Compute Project (OCP) also play important roles in hyperscale data centers; such are manufactured by “white box” suppliers such as Foxconn, Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT), Wistron/Wiwynn and Inventec.
Compared to the offerings of the other companies mentioned – especially Supermicro – the product range of the Intel DSG is modest. There were only a few mainboard variants for each Xeon generation and therefore several different housings. However, some Internet hosters were happy to buy the “original” Intel systems, which Intel also supplied to developers and journalists as reference systems. By 2013, Intel had also sold its own motherboards for desktop PCs; In addition to processors, chipsets and graphics cards, Intel has been supplying the mini PCs of the NUC series for a number of years.