2018 Data Center 100: 40 Data Center Infrastructure Providers

Data Center Infrastructure Providers

Although the way businesses consume data center infrastructure is changing, the market is still full of infrastructure providers selling a vast variety of offerings from servers, storage and networking, to liquid cooling and power equipment. Hardware and software vendors are simplifying data center operations through hyper-convergence and products that optimize applications unlike ever before. A broad range of infrastructure technologies are needed for solution providers to deliver the products and services to achieve customer success while also building a tighter relationship.

Here's a look at the data center infrastructure providers on this year's Data Center 100 list.

Amax Information Technologies

Jean Shih, President

Headquarters: Fremont, Calif.

Amax is a global provider of cutting-edge cloud, data center, HPC and next-generation computing offerings designed for efficiency and optimal performance. Its technology creates custom offerings to meet specific application needs.

APC By Schneider Electric

Annette Clayton, President, CEO

Headquarters: West Kingston, R.I.

APC By Schneider Electric develops a broad range of offerings including power and cooling hardware, security and environmental monitoring, power distribution units, racks and prefabricated data center modules.

Arista Networks

Jayshree Ullal, President, CEO

Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.

Arista is a software-driven networking vendor for large data center storage and computing environments. It has shipped more than 10 million cloud networking ports globally with its CloudVision and advanced EOS operating system.


Andre Eriksen, CEO

Headquarters: Denmark

Liquid cooling expert Asetek develops CPU and GPU coolants for data centers, servers, workstations, memory modules and high-performance PCs. It formed OEM agreements in 2017 to develop and integrate components with Acer, E4 Computing and NEC.


John Stroup, CEO

Headquarters: St. Louis

Belden develops and sells wireless LAN access points, cables, Ethernet modules and switch cabinets. It also offers end-to-end signal transmissions solutions for mission-critical applications.

Bold Data Technology

Eugene Kiang, President, CEO

Headquarters: Fremont, Calif.

Bold Data Technology is a provider of custom-built rack and blade servers, storage and workstation solutions. Its JBOD solution is optimized for OpenStack and high-density storage requirements for up to 480 TB of capacity.


Hock Tan, President, CEO

Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

Broadcom provides a wide range of switching, ASICs, fiber optics and storage products. It acquired IP and storage networking specialist Brocade Communications for $5.9 billion last year.

Cisco Systems

Chuck Robbins, CEO

Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

The networking giant continues to dive deeper into the data center with new UCS servers and software-defined storage networking offerings. Cisco also recently revamped HyperFlex, its flagship hyper-converged infrastructure offering.

CoolIT Systems

Geoff Lyon, CEO, CTO

Headquarters: Calgary, Alberta

Ranging from individual servers to data centers, CoolIT Systems offers scalable solutions to deliver the benefits of direct contact liquid cooling. The company's DCLC platform is a modular, rack-based cooling offering for increasing rack densities, component performance and energy efficiencies.


Marvin "Eddie" Edwards, President, CEO

Hickory, N.C.

CommScope's end-to-end portfolio includes the critical infrastructure needed to build high-performing wired and wireless networks. It offers antennas, a variety of cables and connectors, and networking systems for the data center.

Crown Castle

Jay Brown, President, CEO

Headquarters: Houston

The national provider of wireless infrastructure acquired all-fiber data center networking provider Lightower Fiber Networks for $7.1 billion in 2017. The deal doubled Crown's fiber assets to 60,000 route miles.

Dell EMC

Michael Dell, Chairman, CEO

Headquarters: Hopkinton, Mass.

Dell EMC is the largest data center infrastructure provider with a plethora of servers, storage, networking offerings, as well as VMware's software-defined data center technology. The company hired 1,200 new storage sales specialists in 2017.


Craig Arnold, Chairman, CEO

Headquarters: Cleveland

From a single network closet to hyper-scale, Eaton offers products and services around power protection, control and automation, lighting and security, structural and wiring devices.

Equus Computer Solutions

Andy Juang, CEO

Headquarters: Edina, Minn.

Equus customizes white-box servers and storage offerings to enable flexible software-defined infrastructures. One of the largest North American whitebox providers, the company has delivered millions of custom-configured servers, software appliances and desktops.

Extreme Networks

Ed Meyercord, President, CEO

Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

Extreme is taking a deeper dive into the data center by acquiring Brocade Communications' switching, routing and analytics data center business in 2017. Extreme is a global provider of switching, wireless, software, management and security products and services.

Halo Technology

Stewart Holness, Executive Chairman

Headquarters: Gloucestershire, U.K.

Optical transceiver and high-speed cabling vendors ProLabs and AddOn Networks merged in December to create Halo. The company sells media converters, copper and optical transceivers, multiplexers and fiber cables.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Antonio Neri, CEO

Headquarters: Palo Alto, Calif.

With one of the richest data center infrastructure portfolios in the world, HPE offers a wide range of server, storage, cloud, security, big data and IoT products and services.

Hitachi Vantara

Ryuichi Otsuki, CEO

Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.

Hitachi Vantara is a new unified company that combines Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Insight Group and Pentaho. The vendor provides converged systems, storage, big data and analytics, data protection and IoT data center solutions.

Huawei Technologies

Ren Zhengfei, President

Headquarters: Shenzhen, China

A top data center infrastructure supplier in Asia, Huawei offers servers, storage, networking and telecommunications products. It also provides data center software around the virtualization of computing, storage and network resources.


Nairman Teymourian, Chairman, CEO

Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

The HyperCloud platform provides a public cloud service delivered as a complete stack in the data center with a pay-as-you-go model. HyperGrid offers compute, storage and networking services and an application store of over 400 templates.


Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, CEO

Headquarters: Armonk, N.Y.

IBM's data center focus is now around IBM Cloud and its Watson-based cognitive computing. Of the nearly 60 data centers around the world, 33 are dedicated to IBM Cloud Platform workloads.

Juniper Networks

Rami Rahim, CEO

Headquarters: Sunnyvale, Calif.

Juniper provides switching, wireless, cloud, big data and security solutions and services to the data center. It launched its Unite Cloud framework in 2017, which can support data center infrastructure both physical and virtual.


Yang Yuanqing, Chairman, CEO

Headquarters: Morrisville, N.C.

The data center server powerhouse also offers storage, networking, converged systems and software. Lenovo is striving to build the "future-defined data center" powered by its ThinkSystem servers, ThinkAgile systems and Intel Xeon processors.

LiquidCool Solutions

Darwin Kauffman, CEO

Headquarters: Rochester, Minn.

The liquid cooling provider focuses on scalability and rack management, and made its foray into edge computing and IoT in 2015.


Yoram Novick, CEO

Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.

Maxta's hyper-converged software supports every major server brand and multiple hypervisors with the ability to be installed and downloaded on existing or new servers.


George Kurian, President, CEO

Headquarters: Sunnyvale, Calif.

A leader in all-flash storage, NetApp owns a variety of DCIM, storage software, converged systems, and data backup and recovery solutions. NetApp also provides hybrid data services.


David Bollig, President, CEO

Headquarters: Burnsville, Minn.

Nor-Tech is one of the largest custom-system builders in America, focusing on high-performance clusters, workstations, servers and all-flash, file and software-defined storage.


Dheeraj Pandey, Chairman, CEO

Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

The hyper-converged infrastructure pioneer combines storage, compute and networking into an appliance with unified management.


Safra Catz, Mark Hurd, Co-CEOs

Headquarters: Redwood City, Calif.

Oracle offers a full integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services. It acquired four companies in 2017, including Aconex, a developer of construction project management applications.

Palo Alto Networks

Mark McLaughlin, Chairman, CEO

Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.

Palo Alto Networks provides enterprise-level firewalls with a range of cybersecurity features for the data center including remote network, mobile security and more.


Dennis Renaud, CEO

Headquarters: Tinley Park, Ill.

Panduit develops physical, electrical and network infrastructure products for the desktop to the data center. In January, the company appointed Renaud as its new CEO after leading Panduit's Enterprise Business for years.


Ron Nash, Chairman, CEO

Headquarters: Austin, Texas

Pivot3 offers hyper-converged infrastructure for high-performance enterprise IT workloads aiming to simplify the data center by collapsing storage, compute and network resources into an easy-to-deploy offering.

Quanta Computer

Barry Lam, Chairman

Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

A global manufacturer of hyperscale data center designs, Quanta Computer is a supplier of blade and rack servers, motherboards, networking switches and high-density storage solutions.

Scale Computing

Jeff Ready, CEO

Headquarters: Indianapolis

Scale Computing's HC3 is a hyper-converged platform combining server, storage, hypervisor and backup in scalable appliance-based solutions. The hyper-converged infrastructure vendor also develops scale-out clustered and disaster recovery products.

Siemon Interconnect Solutions

Carl Siemon, President, CEO

Headquarters: Watertown, Conn.

Siemon provides custom network infrastructure offerings including a suite of copper and optical fiber cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management, data center power, cooling systems and OEM custom offerings.


Ariel Maislos, CEO

Headquarters: Sunnyvale, Calif.

Stratoscale's Symphony converges resources into a single offering that brings the agility of the cloud to on-premises environments by transforming infrastructure, including any x86 server and external storage, into an elastic and optimized IaaS.


Charles Liang, CEO

Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

Supermicro provides application-optimized server, workstation, blade and storage GPU systems. It is a major provider of SKU'd and custom-built solutions that includes network switches, power supplies, big data and high-performance computing.


Ken Klein, CEO

Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.

Tintri develops all-flash and hybrid flash arrays to maximize application performance. The Tintri All-Flash Array offers a set of REST APIs and the ability to automate provisioning processes and policy applications.

Tripp Lite

Glen Haeflinger, President

Headquarters: Chicago

Tripp Lite offers over 4,000 data center products including cables, switches, rack enclosures, power management hardware, console servers, display mounts and battery backup systems.


Rob Johnson, CEO

Headquarters: Columbus, Ohio

Vertiv builds and services critical infrastructure that enables applications for data centers and facilities. In January, Vertiv acquired Geist, a provider of power, cooling, monitoring and DCIM offerings.