Hyve Unveils Open Compute Servers and Storage
January 17th, 2013 By: Colleen Miller
Hyve Solutions, a division of SYNNEX Corporation (SNX), rolled out Open Compute Project compliant hardware at Tuesday’s Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit, which drew 1,900 participants. Many attendees at the event held in Santa Clara, CA were at the company’s booth reviewing the production-grade rack which was on hand.
Riot Games, an online PC game developer and publisher whose flagship title is “League of Legends,” is using Hyve’s OCP hardware within its data center environment. Hyve Solutions worked with Riot Games engineers to tailor an OCP solution that would meet Riot Games’ needs around scalability, reliability, cost efficiency, and environmental responsibility in data centers.
“Ultimately, our investment in OCP provides an even better player experience for the more than 12 million core gamers who play League of Legends every day,” said Ron Williams, Riot Games’ Vice President of Operations. “We especially like the vanity-free aspect of OCP -by eliminating unnecessary components, plastic, paint and overhead, we’re able to spend more of our technical dollar where it counts – on performance that will translate into an even more responsive and fun in-game environment.”
Steve Ichinaga, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Hyve Solutions, said Hyve’s ability to deliver servers quickly is a differentiator. “This experience shows that OCP solutions can be designed, validated and deployed within a very short time frame-less than three months from discovery to delivery of a fully integrated, plug-and-play production solution,” said Ichinaga.
Additionally, Hyve announced the creation of a new OCP server platform, the Hyve Solutions 1500 Series, which fits in a standard 19-inch rack. The new 19-inch form factor of OCP V2 (21-inch rack size announced in May) has similar building blocks as existing OCP designs, but makes for easier evaluations and more flexible deployments of OCP solutions without major data center retrofitting.
“Hyve Solutions’ customers want the power efficiency and price benefits of OCP but are often constrained by existing data center requirements for standard 19” racks,” said Ichinaga. “Our new Hyve Solutions 1500 Series platform delivers these benefits without removing existing rack infrastructure.”
OCP Summit Hackathon
The OCP Summit Hackathon is also taking place during the conference. Hyve, which provides customers with purpose-built data center servers and storage, is also contributing a high-density storage design concept to the OCP community. Hyve engineers will participate in the brainstorming (“hacking”) during the summit.
The design concept for the storage solution is 2 OpenU high and can accommodate 15 3.5” drives. Hyves said it addresses many points along the storage spectrum, including capacity/bulk storage, cloud storage and “cold” storage. It is form-factor compatible with the Open Rack compute node and designed to occupy similar space in an Open Rack innovation zone, Hyve said.
“In the spirit of OCP’s openness and collaboration, Hyve Solutions is contributing our Open Rack storage design concept to the community to help continue to develop the most efficient computing infrastructure possible,” Ichinaga noted.
[...] Riot Games, the developer behind the popular “League of Legends,” recently adopted OCP hardware to meet those needs. Data Center Knowledge contributor Colleen Miller noted an extra advantage to the OCP design, as Riot was able to move from discovery to delivery of their solution in less than three months. [...]