The challenges ahead for OCP

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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 on supplying and supporting proprietary hardware and software. There has been a trend for some time now where the technical support functions within a business have been outsourced, so much so that enterprises no longer have their own DevOps and TechOps teams in-house.

Because that support is now provided by a service provider they are not interested in promoting OCP as a concept, because it’s possible for one engineer to support up to 40,000 servers and it takes only 160 secs to change a server component. But the issue is that it is good for the customer.

Despite apparent reluctance from some quarters, the movement is growing rapidly. Microsoft was one company that didn’t sign up to OCP in the early days, but now it is throwing its considerable weight behind the OCP foundation, joining in 2014, contributing designs of cloud servers that run services such as Bing, Office 365, and Windows and becoming the first global cloud provider to publicly release server specifications through OCP.

Microsoft’s backing of the concept has also helped to propel OCP into the mainstream. The project currently boasts around 200 members, including Google, Alibaba, AT&T, HP, Nokia, Nvidia, Lenovo, Avaya, AMD, AMD and Tencent to name just a few.

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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