Quanta Computer and Wiwynn, a subsidiary of Wistron, are expected to benefit from Microsoft and Facebook's new data center establishments in Northern Europe in 2014, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Microsoft has recently announced plans to invest US$250 million to establish a data center in Finland as part of its Nokia acquisition deal. The data center will adopt servers using Intel's Haswell processors and the servers will start shipping in 2014, noted the sources adding that the data center will be completed in 1-2 years.
Since Quanta and Wiwynn both have tight relationships with Microsoft, the two ODMs will have a good chance to join the supply chain.
Microsoft had eight data centers across the world with four located in North America, two in Western Europe, one in Singapore and one in Hong Kong, and in the past year, the software giant built six more in locations such as Australia, China and Japan. The new data center in Northern Europe will focus on serving clients in Europe.
Google also has a data center in Finland and due to the country's low temperatures, the Internet giant is able to save cooling costs.
Facebook has recently finished establishing a data center in Sweden and will start installing hardware such as servers in 2014, the sources noted. Quanta and Wiwynn are both server suppliers of Facebook, the sources added.