A recent e-article came across my screen titled “Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?”
Why does this matter? It matters because Supermicro ranks as the 3rd largest supplier of servers in the world. How did Supermicro become so dominate?
In the original Bloomberg article about this issue I found this rather interesting statement:
“Over the decades, the security of the supply chain became an article of faith despite repeated warnings by Western officials. A belief formed that China was unlikely to jeopardize its position as workshop to the world by letting its spies meddle in its factories. That left the decision about where to build commercial systems resting largely on where capacity was greatest and cheapest. “You end up with a classic Satan’s bargain,” one former U.S. official says. “You can have less supply than you want and guarantee it’s secure, or you can have the supply you need, but there will be risk. Every organization has accepted the second proposition.”
Who are some of these organizations that have knowingly accepted “Satan’s bargain?” The articles highlight how Supermicro rocketed to become the 3rd largest supplier of servers with the help of major OEMs and cloud service providers (CSP) such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Apple.
According to Supermicro’s (08/03/17) Corporate Fact Sheet;
“Supermicro ships to more than 700 customers including distributors, value added resellers, system integrators, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) as well as through its direct sales, in about 80 countries…”
At Egenera, we don’t make “Satan bargains” to lower our costs. We assess and analyze our technology providers with reliability and security as the top metrics. Our partners and their customers deserve our stringent infrastructure selection due diligence. It’s not just about cost.
When you shop for a CSP you need to make sure you ask the right questions including where the CSP’s infrastructure is manufactured. Take a look at question # 4 in our popular CSP Assessment Checklist. When it comes to IT infrastructure; whether in the cloud or on-premise, the manufacturer does matter.
For detailed information about our cloud infrastructure just send an email to email@example.com or fill out the online “schedule a demo” form. We’ll be in touch shortly!