In the mid-2000s, Inspur (formerly Langchao) started a multi-year transformation from small software and outsourcing company to server vendor. Microsoft was an early investor, paying $25M for an undisclosed share of the company in 2005. By 2016, Inspur had garnered 5% of global server shipments, growing that to 8% in 2017 and 9% in 2018 (based on 1Q–3Q 2018), showing ambitions to grow in North America. However, even after opening a factory in California in 2015, sales in North America have remained modest with Inspur shipping less than 1% of 2016 and 2017 North American servers. Clients, please log in to view the full content.