Open Compute

August 17, 2018
Scaling New Heights

The benefits of the Open Compute Project

OCP adoption is growing despite the minor doubts, the amount of innovation occurring around OCP is staggering, and its cost-saving credentials are difficult to challenge, below are just some of the benefits that come from transitioning to the Open Compute Project. Environmentally sustainable– Uses up to 50% less energy for servers. Cost effective– Significant cost savings in the operation of the data centre can be achieved due to the time it takes to install each rack, and ongoing maintenance is far less costly. CAPEX savings– There is a CAPEX saving when building a new data centre that is optimised for OCP, because software provides the key to resilience rather than hardware redundancy. This is up to 50% lower than a traditional Tier III enterprise data centre. Fast implementation– Installation is 250 times faster than traditional data centre installations. Better support levels– Just one server support technician can manage up to 40,000 server nodes. Quick fix times– It takes a maximum of 160 […]
August 3, 2018
Open Compute Project

The challenges ahead for OCP

The concept of OCP is disruptive and it is not always a popular option with some of the incumbent IT manufacturers, because it does away with the idea of proprietary hardware, and locks a customer into closed and often costly contracts, which is obviously what they prefer. This is why many CEOs and CFOs will not even have heard OCP mentioned before. But, now is the time to start asking questions and ensuring your IT department (if you have one) are up to speed on OCP. While it might not be an option for every single company, there are certainly many firms out there that would benefit from the innovation and growth potential connected to OCP that they are currently missing out on. The fact is OCP is disruptive because it is going to impact a lot of service provider business models, as it is going to affect their bottom line because a large percentage of their revenue is based […]
July 9, 2018
OCP Rack

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 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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