Monthly Archives: February 2014
Last week, as part of my Web-scale IT research, I visited the Cloud and Big Data Laboratory at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). I met with Paul Rad (Director, The University of Texas at San Antonio Cloud and Big Data Laboratory and Vice President of Open Research at Rackspace), Professor Rajendra Boppana (Interim Chair of Computer Science Department), Carlos Cardenas (Manager at Cloud and Big Data Laboratory, CS Dept at UTSA) and Joel Wineland (Chief Technologist, IT infrastructure and Open Compute Solutions, RGS).
Open Compute, or OCP for short, is an organization that was founded by Facebook in 2011. According to the organization’s website, Open Compute’s goal is to “build one of the most efficient computing infrastructures at the lowest possible cost.” Open Compute attempts to achieve this goal chiefly by: 1) eliminating “gratuitous differentiation” by hardware vendors and 2) making designs for hardware and data centers “open source” to foster innovation.
Mellanox 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet NICs Support Microsoft Open Compute Project (OCP) Cloud Server Specification
SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced 10 and 40GbE NIC support for the Microsoft OCP server and storage specification which are based on hardware used to power Microsoft’s global cloud services, including Windows Azure, Bing, and Office 365. Available now, the ConnectX®-3 Pro OCP-based 10/40GbE NICs with RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) and overlay network offloads offer optimized application latency and performance while maintaining extremely low system power consumption.
This was a busy week for digital storage meetings with the Facebook sponsored Open Compute Project Summit right across the street from the SNIA Winter Symposium and the Non-Volatile Memory Storage Industry Summit. I want to talk about both events and their implications to the future of digital storage. This piece will cover some observations about digital storage at the Open Compute event.