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The Facebook-led Open Compute Project is growing into a potential force to shape data centers and the networking industry. The OCP’s mission is developing open source designs for networking, servers, storage, hardware management, power supply, chassis and more. The OCP has been an interesting sideshow since its founding almost exactly four years ago, based on work Facebook did developing its Prineville, Ore., data center. For that facility, Facebook built its own custom-designed servers, power supplies, server racks and battery backup systems. Facebook’s goal was to increase energy efficiency and reduce cost.
The Open Compute Project, which seeks to create an open source server and switch ecosystem, is still an unproven concept to many enterprise IT managers. But it’s clear after the Open Compute Summit 2015 last week in San Jose that more of the financial industry has been adopting Open Compute than previously indicated. The Bank of America told The Wall Street Journal the day before the conference opened that it wants to convert its data center infrastructure into one like Facebook’s and that of other Web-based giants. Facebook launched the Open Compute Project in 2011 by making its designs for data center servers open source, so that any manufacturer could use them to build products.
The Open Compute Project got a big boost of momentum this week, as Apple, Cisco, and Juniper Networks joined as surprising new members, and as HP launched a new line of servers using the open source hardware approach. Add to that an Intel chip specially designed for commodity servers, and some new switching gear, and you can see growing support for Open Compute as it convened its annual summit in San Jose Monday.
Open Compute Summit : HP has made its bid for relevance in the modern data center with a new line of servers aimed at “rack scale” and “cloud scale” deployments. The HP Cloudline servers, unveiled at the Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose, California this week, are the fruit of a collaboration between HP and Chinese manufacturing giant Foxconn that was announced last year.
Bank of America is taking a cue from Facebook‘s infrastructure playbook with a transition to Open Compute and software-defined technologies, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company is shifting most of its workloads to a software-defined data center setup. This is a perfect example of the widespread change and reform occurring within enterprise IT. The company moved the majority of backend systems to the cloud a few years ago and wants 80 percent of systems running in software-defined data centers within three years.