Category Archives: Open Compute Foundation
Similar to open source software, the open source hardware movement encourages crowdsourcing and collaboration, opening the door for faster advancements. As enterprises move workloads into public clouds, there is less need for telecos to connect them. To remain competitive, telecom providers need to adopt network technologies such as software-defined networking and network functions virtualization.
Penguin Computing has renewed as a Platinum Member of Open Compute Project (OCP). Leading with the OCP-based TundraExtreme Scale (ES) Series, Penguin was recently awarded the CTS-1 contract with the NNSA to bolster computing for national security at Los Alamos, Sandia and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories.
Jason Taylor, vice president of infrastructure at Facebook, was elected as the new chairman of the Open Compute Project (OCP) at the organization’s meeting in New York last week. He replaced Frank Frankovsky, one of the original architects of Facebook’s Open Compute. The appointment was announced in blog post earlier today. The OCP Foundation board of directors meets every quarter. Once every year these meetings include the nomination and election of board leadership for the upcoming year.
The Open Compute Project (OCP) helps large corporate customers get the best deal for their money, according to Cole Crawford, its executive director. During an opening keynote at the DCD Converged conference in London, he compared OCP to a ‘buyer’s club, an organization that pools its members’ collective buying power, enabling them to make purchases at lower prices than are generally available, or to purchase goods that might be difficult to obtain independently.
Open source “vanity-free” hardware bought in bulk from Taiwanese manufacturers may offer a compelling price difference for the scale of Facebook, but people who work in the majority of the world’s enterprise IT shops generally don’t view servers promoted by Facebook’sOpen Compute Project as something that makes sense for their data centers. Yesterday we wrote about the role of OCP in the enterprise data center as seen from OCP hardware vendors’ and the Open Compute Foundation’s perspectives. Today, we’ll cover opinions of data center industry experts who work with enterprise data center end users.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – In a dramatic move that illustrates how cloud computing has altered the data center landscape,Microsoft is opening up the server and rack designs that power its vast online platforms and sharing them with the world. Microsoft has joined the Open Compute Project and will be contributing specs and designs for the cloud servers that power Bing, Windows Azure and Office 365. The company will discuss its plans tomorrow in the keynote session of the Open Compute Summit in San Jose.
ITRI and Open Compute Project Foundation Celebrate Opening of Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Certification Testing Center
TAIPEI, TAIWAN — (Marketwired) — 03/04/14 — ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute), Taiwan’s largest and one of the world’s leading high-tech R&D institutions, and the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation, celebrated the opening of the ITRI OCP Global Certification Testing Center at the OCP Taiwan Forum on March 4th. The new center will provide global validation service in support of OCP Foundation’s vision for open sourced hardware.
Since its creation by Facebook in April 2011, the Open Compute Project (OCP) has been rapidly evolving – and that’s good news for the HPC community. As originally conceived by Facebook, OCP’s charter was to develop open standards for the design and delivery of the most efficient server, storage and data center hardware designs for scalable computing. It’s no surprise that particular emphasis was placed on large data centers focused on huge web workloads. The computational and energy requirements of Facebook’s 334,000 square foot Prineville, Oregon data center was a major motivator for the OCP initiative.
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).
Fusion-io, a company focused on flash storage in the data center, said its products will be integrated into Quanta Rackgo X systems, which are stripped down servers. The news comes out of the Open Compute Project (OCP) conference in San Jose. For Fusion-io, the Quanta deal means more distribution. The move also shows how white-box manufacturers, contractors that make servers and PCs for other companies, have become players in the data center. In other words, movements like OCP mean so-called “vanity free” servers are gaining ground.
If it sounds counterintuitive that software giant Microsoft is contributing its server specifications to the Open Compute Project, it shouldn’t. By doing so, the company hopes that big hardware makers will build servers just like the ones it runs in its huge data centers, and perhaps give it a more efficient supply chain.
The fifth summit of the Open Compute Project is happening on Tuesday, and Microsoft has revealed that it is the latest member to join the group, a Facebook-founded initiative that sees the company and its partners commit to developing and sharing designs for data center infrastructure. Bill Laing, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for cloud and enterprise, says in a blog post that Microsoft will contribute what it calls its “cloud server specification” to OCP.
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.
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.
Cloud industry veteran Cole Crawford has joined the Open Compute Foundation as its chief operating officer. The foundation manages the Open Compute Project (OCP), which was formed more than one year ago to open source data center hardware designs developed by Facebook. Crawford previously worked for OpenStack and Nebula and advised the Linux Foundation. He started with OCP by volunteering as chair of the storage project, where he led the effort to develop the Open Vault storage server specification.