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Facebook has expanded the scope of its Open Compute Project to include networking. The plan to create a specification for a top-of-rack open source switch kicked off at the first-ever Open Compute Engineering Summit at MIT in mid-May.
In part one of this Q&A with Facebook’s Frank Frankovsky, vice president of hardware design and supply chain operations, and Facebook’s Najam Ahmad, director of technical operations, we explored how the Open Compute Project’s open source switch will allow users to run any OS they see fit on open hardware. In part two of our conversation with Facebook, TechTarget explores how the Open Compute switch will affect the software-defined networking industry. Facebook also reveals that theOpen Networking Foundation had urged Open Compute to start the switch project.
What do you do when you have one of the most widely used platforms on the planet — and you need to figure out the best way to make that platform efficient? You open source the project. Facebook, in an effort to scale its platform and do so in a much more efficient manner, has brought to life Open Compute. This project has a goal of helping the IT and data center industries scale beyond current limitations more efficiently and more cost effectively, with better adherence to industry-wide standards.
Data center hardware nerds, where are you going to be on June 18 at noon? You may not be sure right now, but keep reading, because Facebook and the Open Compute Project are holding a hardware hackathon at Facebook headquarters that Tuesday. The winners will get time onstage to present to the audience at GigaOM’s Structure conference on June 19 and up to $10,000 in seed funding and mentoring from the foundation to prepare their idea for a venture capital pitch.
LAS VEGAS — Interop — The Open Compute Project, which has brought open-source attitude (and results) to servers and storage, is going to tackle networking. Frank Frankovsky — the OCP’s chairman and, by day, vice president of hardware design at Facebook — announced the OCP Networking Project at the end of his Interop keynote Wednesday morning. The group’s first meeting happens next week at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and, in fine open-source fashion, everyone is welcome.
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The Open Compute Project, aFacebook-led effort to remake the computer servers and data storage of the biggest computing centers, is broadening its aims to include networking as well. “There is really nothing in the data center that should be immune from the positive influence of open source,” said Frank Frankovsky, the vice president for hardware design and supply chain at Facebook and chairman of Open Compute. While there have beenother efforts to open source large scale computer networking, he noted, “so far the actual hardware has not been affected.”
Since Facebook kicked off the Open Compute Project by donating its overall data center design, the OCP Foundation has been chipping away at open sourcing designs for all of the critical components that go into the data center. Next up: network switches. In a keynote speech at Interop, Facebook VP of hardware design and supply chain Frank Frankovsky reviewed two years of progress at expanding the scope of the project, which now includes open designs for server racks and cold storage designs based on how Facebook handles your old photos.
The Open Compute Project, which Facebook launched a little more than two years ago, has decided that utterly disrupting the server and storage market isn’t enough. On Wednesday, it said it would solicit input on an open source top-of-rack switch. The project, in a presentation by Frank Frankovsy at Interop, said it was taking a slightly different tack with its design, deciding to get input from others before actually making and releasing the hardware to the community.
LAS VEGAS – Frank Frankovsky doesn’t work for a hardware vendor. He works for Facebook as a leader of the Open Compute Project. Open Compute has already delivered new open source designs for server and storage racks, disrupting those markets. That was, apparently, only the beginning. In a keynote at the Interop conference, Frankovsky took the stage after a string of proprietary hardware vendor executives and made it very clear that he’s cut from a different kind of cloth.
No-name server makers posted stronger year-to-year revenue growth than traditional powers such as Hewlett-Packard and IBM in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to new Gartner data. The news, which falls in line with a trend going back to the third quarter of 2011, makes sense as webscale companies — Google, Facebook, etc. — demand inexpensive but custom-tailored servers for their data centers.