Apple cuts ties with Super Micro Computer over security concerns

In early 2016, Apple discovered what it believed was a potential security vulnerability in at least one data center server it purchased from Super Micro Computer, reports The Information, quoting a Super Micro executive and two people who were briefed about the incident at Apple. 

The server was part of the tech giant’s technical infrastructure, which powers its web-based services and holds customer data. Apple ended up terminating its yearslong business relationship with Super Micro, Tau Leng, a senior vice president of technology for Super Micro, and a person who was told about the incident by a senior infrastructure engineering executive at Apple, told TechCrunch. The Cupertino, California-based company even returned some of Super Micro’s servers to the company, the article adds.

Super Micro Computer’s solutions include complete server, storage, blade and workstations to full racks, networking devices, server management software and technology support and services. The company sells its server systems and server subsystems and accessories through a combination of distributors, including value added resellers and system integrators, and, to a lesser extent, to original equipment manufacturers, as well as through their direct sales force.