July 9, 2018
Server Farm

What is the Open Compute Project?

The Open Compute Project (OCP) is a collaborative community focused on redesigning hardware technology to efficiently support the growing demands on computing infrastructure. OCP, whilst still in its infancy is gaining momentum and many big brands such as Nokia, Tencent, Google and Facebook are all championing this revolutionary movement. The four OCP technology principles With OCP there is a consistent drive for excellence to ensure a level of consistency in all technology contributions. These are: Efficiency OCP contributions must have an efficient design, whether this is thermal efficiency, reduction in costs/latencies or power delivery and conversion. Scale OCP contributions must be scalable, meaning the technology is designed with the right supporting features to allow for its maintenance in large scale deployments. Openness OCP contributions must be open and strive to comply with a set of already existing open interfaces, at the very least able to provide one. Impact OCP contributions must create meaningful positive impact within the OCP ecosystem. All […]
November 2, 2017
OCP

Suitability Guide for OCP Ready Colo White Spaces

Open Compute (OCP) designs have already been implemented by the operators of Hyperscale Data Centers such as Facebook, Google and Rackspace and the large colos such as Equinix and many of the American banks, as they see the adoption of open source hardware as a way to accommodate for the high demand for their services. To help and encourage the colocation companies across the world to be ready for the demand from customers to house their OCP IT Gear in Open Racks the OCP Data Center project is to produce a document and checklist that will enable a colo vendor to compare their facility with the functional needs of Open Racks. These racks will most likely be delivered to the colo fully populated with server, storage, switches and power shelves to make the deployment that much easier and more environmentally friendly (minimal packing materials) as an added benefit. All of the sub systems in the Data Center white space will […]
November 1, 2017
DCD Awards 2017

Judging for the DCD Open Data Center Project Award

The DCD Awards recognise excellence in the data centre industry.  Each year experts in the data centre field come together to celebrate the evolution of technology across the sector. DCD are a different kind of awards which recognise great people and excellent projects in the data centre industry and help organisations share their experiences.  The awards were founded in 2006 and have grown exponentially to be THE awards to have a presence at on an annual basis. World leading brand such as Facebook, Visa, Microsoft, Toyota and Uber, to name a few, are all in attendance. InflectionTech director, Mark Dansie was delighted to be selected as one of this year’s judges for the The Open Data Center Project category, along with peers in the industry. The “Open” revolution, originally inspired at the software layer by the work of the Linux Foundation, OpenStack et al. and more recently at the hardware level by Open Compute, is empowering the industry to develop […]
February 5, 2017
OCP Data Centre

Open Compute Project (OCP) Tech Update & Social Time

The Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP), the open source hardware community, holds regular meetups to discuss key initiatives within the data centre industry. Top OCP members share their learnings and best practices on implementing OCP and how best to leverage open hardware within your infrastructure. As an advocate of OCP, InflectionTech regularly participates in these events and in February it was held at Booking.com HQ in Amsterdam. Here InflectionTech Director, Mark Dansie held a workshop to discuss Deploying OCP in a Colocation Facility covering the recently published Colocation Guidelines. These guidelines were the result of diligent work done by the Data Centre project within OCP and outline what is needed within a facility to deploy and run OCP. To access the guidelines please click here: http://inflectiontech.net/file-download/

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