May 4th, 2012
By: Colleen Miller
The Open Compute Project, an initiative begun in April 2011 by Facebook, is clearly growing and gaining traction in the data center and hardware sectors. About 500 participants gathered this week in San Antonio to see the latest from the project, which included a new Open Rack standard, which was dubbed “blades done right.” Both HP and Dell introduced new servers compatible with the new rack standard.
Rackspace, hosting and cloud provider and Open Compute member, played host to the third Open Compute Summit, which was attended by chip makers, server designers and manufacturers, and related suppliers and vendors.
Raejeanne Skillern, Director of Marketing for Intel Cloud, discussed Intel's participation in both Open Compute and Open Data Center Alliance, another industry standards group. (Photo: Colleen Miller)
OpenStack, an open source cloud operating system, had folks on hand to discuss developments in OpenStack, which can be used in hyperscale computing. Rackspace recently announced it is using OpenStack for client cloud deployments. (Photo: Colleen Miller)
Rackspace's tech evangelist and social media giant Robert Scoble (@Scobleizer on Twitter) chats with Frank Frankovsky, Facebook's hardware and supply chain lead and founding board member of Open Compute. (Photo: Colleen Miller)
Forrest Norood, VP & GM of Server Platforms at Dell, conveyed Dell's commitment to Open Compute, unveiling a new server compatible with Open Rack. (Photo: Colleen Miller)
Brent Miller of ZT Systems, another Open Compute member, who builds custom data center servers, was also on hand to describe the benefits of being part of the Open Compute movement. (Photo: Colleen Miller)
There was a buzz of activity around the booth for Hyve Solutions, a division of SYNNEX Corporation, which provides customers with purpose-built data-center servers. (Photo: Colleen Miller)
Nelson Wang, senior director, sales and marketing for Taiwanese custom solution company, Quanta, also is a member of Open Compute. Quanta announced the expansion of their company in the U.S. at the event. (Photo: Colleen Miller)
The group Facebook page for Open Compute is available at https://www.facebook.com/groups/opencompute/