Category Archives: Disaggregation
SUNNYVALE, Calif. and YOKNEAM, Israel — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today unveiled its next-generation Open Composable Networks (OCN) platform at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit.
The user-led organization, whose members include Facebook, has called for a separation and disaggregation of the core components of our computer systems. The OCP wants to see the core components of system design including processors, motherboards, and networking interconnects all disaggregated so they can be upgraded independently. The scheme is said to be in marked contrast to the current industry trend of converged systems combining servers, storage, and networking into a single system. At this stage it is hard to say whether a more widespread user and developer backlash may surface, but one has to consider it as a strong possibility.
Who are the world’s biggest server sellers? No one really knows. Venerable research firms like IDC and Gartner will tell you that the server game is dominated by familiar names like IBM, Dell, HP, Cisco, and Fujitsu, but the truth is a bit more complicated. You see, the giants of the internet — the companies that need more servers than anyone — are buying massive amounts of custom-built gear straight from manufacturers in Asia, and they prefer to keep the specifics under wraps. This includes Google and Amazon and others.
MENLO PARK, California — Since you last saw Frank Frankovsky, his beard has grown to epic lengths. And it suits him. As the man at the center of Facebook’s Open Compute Project, Frankovsky spent the last two years rethinking the very essence of the computer hardware that runs the company’s massive social network — and sharing his ever-evolving data center ideology with the rest of the tech world. He’s a kind of hardware philosopher. And now he looks like one too.
It’s hard to believe that the Open Compute Project was founded just a little over 18 months ago. At our first Summit, in June 2011, we had 200 participants, one official member (Facebook), and exactly three technology contributions (all from Facebook). Today, as nearly 2,000 people converge on Santa Clara to kick off the fourth OCP Summit, we have more than 50 official members and dozens of contributions from a wide variety of technology suppliers and consumers.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Perhaps the best sign of the progress made by the Open Compute Project is that companies as diverse as Rackspace Hosting, Fidelity Investments and Goldman Sachs are all running servers based on these “open hardware” designs in their data centers. In less than two years, the Open Compute Project (OCP) has grown far beyond its origins as a showcase for Facebook’s design innovations, evolving into an active community building cutting-edge hardware, disrupting the traditional IT supply chain, and laying the groundwork for future innovation.
Something extraordinary is happening at Facebook. The company is working on an idea that that could disrupt some of the largest enterprise tech companies in the world like IBM, HP, Dell. Facebook is leading a project that pushes hardware vendors into a new, and open-source way of building servers. It’s called the Open Compute Project. Its goal is to do for commercial hardware what Linux did for commercial software — change the way it is designed, built, sold and supported.
Facebook’s giant user base of 901 million is served by an equally impressive number of servers, data centers and assorted networking and storage gear. And unlike Google, which also has built its own hardware designed to promote its infrastructure advantage, Facebook has taken steps to open much of its thinking on hardware IP to the world, creating the Open Compute Project.