Chinese server vendor Inspur reportedly joining Apple datacenter supply chain

Apple Data Center. Image via Apple. 

Apple Data Center. Image via Apple. 

Apple's "Project McQueen" is designed to move the company away from outside vendors like Microsoft and Amazon for some of its cloud infrastructure, but since Apple no longer builds servers, it has to depend on third parties to supply the hardware. DigiTimes reports that Chinese server vendor Inspur will be helping to supply some of the necessary infrastructure.

As with many large Chinese corporations, Inspur is backed by the Chinese government. As such, it provides servers for some of the country's largest companies like Alibaba and Baidu, as well as multinational firms like IBM, Microsoft, VMWare and Red Hat. Inspur is estimated to have about a 60% server market share in China

Inspur opened an office in California last year that encompasses production and R&D functions, which lends some validity to the DigiTimes rumor.