What is the Open Compute Project?

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What is the Open Compute Project?

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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 contributions made to the OCP foundation are evaluated against these principles and must demonstrate that the product contribution meets some or all of these points. Impact is a particularly strong principle because it covers the use of new technologies, products that can build on top of already existing OCP solutions and can strengthen the supply chain by contributing alternative compatible solutions.

To learn more, download our latest ‘Scaling New Heights’ whitepaper that explores the OCP revolution and why it is a very real alternative to traditional data centre infrastructure strategy, please click here.

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