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ODM for the masses? Facebook's OCP still ain't for you, brother

Chris Miller

That's absolutely a problem for anyone buying computer boxes one or two (or even a hundred) at a time. But for large enterprises buying thousands of standard PCs a year, it's common practice for the supplier to commit to building identical machines from identical components for a minimum period. This can never be entirely guaranteed - events such as the 2011 Thai floods may disrupt component manufacturers - but as a major customer you should get preferential treatment, at least to the point where the software build (drivers etc) doesn't have to change.

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