Inspur, formerly Langchao (浪潮 tides), is a Chinese multinational information technology company headquartered in Jinan, Shandong, China. The company's most important product is server hardware, but it also acts as a software developer and an outsourcing recipient for both the United States of America and Japan.
Inspur Group has three publicly listed subsidiaries: Inspur Information, Inspur Software and Inspur International.
As recently as 2000, Inspur was a local company based in Shandong, with its business activities spanning North China. The company later moved its marketing center to Beijing, the IT industry hub of China, and expanded its operations to the national level.
In 2005, it was reported that Microsoft had invested 20 million US$ in the company. On 18 April 2006, the company switched its name from "Langchao" to "Inspur" in hopes it would increase its sales from overseas markets by as much as thirty percent by 2010.
In August 2009, Inspur acquired the Xi'an-based research and development facilities of Qimonda AG for 30 million Chinese yuan (around US$4 million). The centre had been responsible for design and development of Qimonda's DRAM products.
In November 2011, Shandong Inspur Software Co., Ltd., Inspur Electronic Information Co., Ltd. and Inspur (Shandong) Electronic Information Company, established a cloud computing joint venture, with each holding a 33.3% .
In July 2014, it was reported that due to security concerns, several Chinese industries would consider using Inspur's Tiansuo K1 as their preferred model of server