Monthly Archives: April 2012

vSphere on Open Compute – Part 1 Lab Setup

imageThis is part one of a few part series on the test I’m going to put the OCP Platform through. This first test will describe how the lab is setup. Next will be some basic “ghetto” load tests. Finally, we’ll throw some VDI at it.

Open Rack Spec Available

This morning we announced the Open Rack specification. The open rack uses an all-encompassing design to accommodate compatible Open Compute Project chassis components, and includes the power solution as well as input and output voltage distribution. You can download the spec now from GitHub.

OCP + ODCA = Open Collaboration

Operating at web scale, and doing so as efficiently as possible, is the next great challenge facing the IT industry. The Open Compute Project was formed to help us all meet that challenge; it’s our hope that adopting an “open source” approach to building servers, storage, power supplies, and data centers will ultimately lead to more innovation in and collaboration on infrastructure design and efficiency.

LGE Execs: OCP Foundation’s Financial Team

LGE Execs, a firm of seasoned executives that provides interim resources for company transitions, recently started managing the finances for the Open Compute Project Foundation, acting as the foundation’s controller and “virtual” CFO. LGE has helped help the foundation structure its financials, working on budgets and setting up the non-profit status of the foundation. They are bringing their expertise to the upcoming Open Compute Summit May 2-3 in San Antonio, TX, where they will track expenses and sponsorship funds.

Facebook: Server management systems ‘a big headache’

Amir Michael FacebookCollaboration Summit 2012 Amir Michael, manager of systems engineering at Facebook and a key player in the company’s Open Compute Project (OCP), used his opening keynote at the sixth annual Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit to decry the current state of server-management code. Michael said that too many server manufacturers – and the hardware vendors that support them – rely on competing and inefficient server-management technologies to differentiate themselves from their competition. These systems make efficient datacenter design and control a pain in the neck, and provide no real benefit to the end user.