The Open Compute Project: An Overview
The Open Compute Project (OCP) has taken the data center world by storm since it was introduced by Facebook in 2011. With Facebook’s growth, the company knew that it needed to accommodate more and more people and more and more data while controlling costs and energy consumption.
That was when the OCP, perhaps the world’s most environmentally-friendly data center, was constructed in Prineville, Oregon. The two-year-long project considered everything needed for the data center: racks, servers, power, cooling, and software, and ultimately created a data center that was low-cost and scalable. In the end, the data center was 24% less expensive and 38% more efficient than the company’s last headquarters.
A great story for Facebook, right? But you might be wondering how you can incorporate techniques used in the OCP in your own facility. 2017 might be the year to explore the possibilities, because Enterprise Irregulars predicts that data centers’ adoption of OCP hardware and ideas will be one of the year’s biggest trends.
How can you adopt OCP techniques in your data center?
Facebook released its OCP designs to the public and opened the Open Compute Project and Foundation. The company’s goal was to increase collaboration in hardware as they saw in open source software.
What is the point of the OCP?
Bottom line: the OCP is about scalable computing. The company’s goal is to share ideas to reduce complexity in tech, spur innovation, and get rid of the one-size-fits-all mentality. The OCP encourages entrepreneurs and data centers to share their ideas about hardware so that everyone can have tech infrastructure that’s more flexible. Another endgame goal of the project is to make sure that on-site and cloud environments can work seamlessly with one another.
What gear is included in the OCP?
Technology included in the OCP includes gear that helps data centers contribute to cloud services and handle large amounts of data. Despite increases in users, too, OCP gear is more economical and sustainable than previous pieces of hardware. All the pieces of hardware that fit the bill haven’t been invented yet, hence the initiative’s reliance on innovation and idea sharing.
Intrigued by the OCP? Silverback Data Center Solutions considers the ideas and philosophies of the OCP when creating our Managed Data Center Solutions. If you want us to maximize the efficiency of your hardware and make your data center more flexible, we’ll collaborate with you and other leaders in the tech industry to ensure your technologies are cutting-edge.
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