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 Facility 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 need to be considered when checking for OCP readiness, be it the structural aspects such as the access door height and width, rolling and static floor loading, electrical systems distribution to provide non-centralized UPS 3 phase supplies, the cooling aspects such as the need for hot aisle containment and the network architecture to allow for a leaf-spine implementation using single mode fibre.
Work has already started in earnest to create the document and the first OCP Data Center workshop in the UK and is scheduled for the DCD Zettastructure conference in London on the 2nd November 2017. To learn more please visit: http://www.dcdconverged.com/conferences/zettastructure/programme?date=2016-11-02#