Open Compute’s Trickle-Down Tech
Given the degree to which open source software has worked its way into the corporate data center, it’s interesting to dream about how “open source hardware” espoused by the Open Compute Project might let us cast off the yoke of vendor lock-in and save money on data center hardware. The reality is that hardware designed to meet the needs of Facebook and Rackspace may not be much use to the average enterprise data center. The first thing you have to realize about Open Compute designs is that, like the rich, service providers are different. They don’t buy servers one or even a hundred at a time; they provision whole data centers all at once. Those servers are also committed to very specific use cases rather than general-purpose computing.