Open Compute Project

Open Compute Hires Strategic Alliances Manager

Friday, August 01, 2014 · Posted by at 1:02 AM

We're excited to welcome William Mapp to the Open Compute Project Foundation staff!
 
William has been an enthusiastic force in the open source tech industry for many years now. William joins us from Servergy where he worked with both hardware and software in the Power Linux space. While there he was responsible for business development and strategic relationships globally.  He has been involved with the OCP community for the past several years as a speaker, supporter, evangelist. William is extremely passionate about continuing his support of the Foundation and looks forward to taking on the role of Strategic Alliances Manager for the Open Compute Project Foundation.

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OCP Project Lead Elections: Voting Phase Begins

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 · Posted by at 4:58 AM

The voting phase for the 2014-2015 Project Lead elections will start on 7 August and remain open until 21 August.

Of the 8 OCP Projects only the HPC Project will require a vote.  The two candidates for this seat are:

 

The winner of this vote will join the following nominees to make up the 2014-2015 Project Leads Group.

    • C&I - YF Juan (ITRI)
    • Data Center - Jason Schafer (Prompt Critical Group)
    • Hardware Management - Co-leads - Rajeev Agrawala (Goldman Sachs) and Badriddine Khessib (Microsoft)
    • Networking - Co-leads - Omar Baldonado (Facebook) and Carlos Cardenas (UTSA)
    • Open Rack - Co-leads - Co-leads - Steve Mills (Facebook) and Brian Obernesser (Fidelity)
    • Server - Co-leads - Mark Shaw (Microsoft) and John Stuewe (Dell)
    • Storage - Asghar Riahi (Seagate)

 

One of the most important volunteer roles we have in the OCP community is that of the Project Lead and we thank all the past, current and future project leads for their willingness to encourage, empower, and inspire the OCP project communities to communicate, collaborate and contribute!

Who is eligible to vote?

Any OCP member (individual or corporate) who has created a profile on the website can vote.  By creating a profile on the website you are signing the individual membership agreement. If you belong to a corporate member organization please use your organizational email address. Please note that your corporate organizational membership will take precedence over the individual one. No one organization can have more than 10% of the total vote. If an organization has more than 10% it will be notified and the point of contact for that organization will be asked to choose who from the list will be sent keys.  Anyone not receiving a key will be sent an explanation as to why.

How do I vote?

OCP Community Manager, Amber Graner, will pull the list of eligible emails no later than noon (Central Time) on 7 August.  Once the list is pulled no other voters can be added to the list. Voters will receive an email which will guide them through how to vote.  

What is the voting tool that is used?

We use the Condercet Internet Voting Service (CIVS) which was developed by Cornell University. CIVS is a free Internet voting service that makes it easy to conduct polls. Each voter ranks a set of possible choices. Individual voter rankings are combined into an anonymous overall ranking of the choices.

More information about our governance process can be found here.

Again, the Foundation would like to thank all of those who have been nominated.  None of our successes would be possible without the support and participation of you and your organizations.

Get Involved

The OCP Foundation has many ways for individuals and organizations to participate in OCP; online project meetings, OCP events, submit a spec, review a spec, read our blog, join our Facebook group, add us to your G+ circles, follow us on Twitter, join our mailings and much more. To find out more about getting involved in OCP, click here.




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We are delighted to welcome Steve Helvie to the Open Compute Project Staff!

Steve is passionate about being part of a great team and is excited to be joining the Open Compute Project Foundation.  In his previous role Steve was the Director of International Sales for Rackspace Private Cloud (OpenStack) based in the UK. Prior to Rackspace Steve held various roles within Microsoft including Sales Leadership and Channel Development across multiple business units while based in Asia.

Steve holds a Masters in Economics and he has also invested time in the field of Sustainability. Lastly, he maintains an active lifestyle and enjoys a healthy appetite for adventure travel and outdoor sports.

He is currently based in Hong Kong and will be relocating to the US in a few months. He is looking forward to the opportunities for OCP and to getting to know everyone in the community.

 

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Call for Participation - OCP European Summit 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014 · Posted by at 2:57 AM

The Foundation is holding its first European Summit at  École Polytechnique in Paris, France on 30-31 October 2014.

Attendees to the OCP summits come from the technology, finance, government, and consulting sectors and represent a wide audience from engineers to senior executives.

Do you want to help shape the future of OCP and influence the next generation data center? If so, we have the following opportunities for participation available:

  • Keynotes - sponsorship restrictions apply  - must submit abstract by October 1st, 2014
  • Executive Sessions - must submit abstract by October 1st, 2014
  • Engineering Workshop Sessions - must submit request by October 1st, 2014. These requests will be submitted to the OCP Project leads to make the final determination. Tracks for for the Engineering Workshop include:
    • Certification
    • Data Center
    • Hardware Management
    • HPC
    • Networking
    • Open Rack
    • Server
    • Storage
  • Sponsors (Exhibitors)  - See sponsorship opportunities and sponsorship agreement PDFs.

 

If you would like to participate in any of the above listed areas for the 2014 OCP European Summit please take a moment to fill out the webform. 

 

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VMWare Joins Open Compute Project As Gold Member

Monday, August 25, 2014 · Posted by at 9:13 AM

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As many of you already know the Open Compute Project is a community led non profit laser focused on increasing the pace of innovation and removing gratuitous differentiation from the data center.

OCP customers and businesses worldwide continue to demand flexible and scalable hardware for the mission critical workloads they deploy.

So today we’re extremely delighted to help VMWare announce their joining of the Foundation as it’s newest Gold member.  This announcement further validates the Open Compute Project and the hard work we’re all doing together.

VMware is already directly supporting certain qualified OCP configurations through Project Lanier, a hyper-converged infrastructure offering which aligns perfectly with the core tenants of the Foundation and our mission. It’s this strategy that allows us to move towards the software defined data center and enable businesses to focus on core consumer value and continue to grow with agility.

Over the next few months we will be working with VMWare to help expand the capabilities of our Solution Providers as Project Lanier is rolled out. Additionally I am proud to announce VMWare’s plans to contribute source code for OCP based DCIM in early 2015!

Thank you again to VMWare and all of you for driving industry redefining technologies and philosophies into our industry.

Please see VMware's announcement for more information!

 Keep Hacking,

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Cole Crawford
Executive Director
Open Compute Project Foundation

 

 

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OCP HPC Seat - Run-Off Vote

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 · Posted by at 9:25 AM

The vote for the OCP HPC project lead seat resulted in a tie between Devashish Paul of IDT and Thomas Sohmers of Rex Computing.

The Foundation sent out 395 keys and of those 50 people voted.  Both Devashish and Thomas received 25 votes each.

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Because this vote resulted in a tie, the Foundation will open a run-off poll starting at noon CT on Tuesday, 26 August.  The run-off poll will remain open until noon on Friday, 29 August.  We will email the 395 people who received keys in the original poll today and let them know about the run-off poll. On Tuesday, 26 August the keys will be resent.

At this time, no new keys will be added.  If you did not get your profile added before the cut-off for the first poll, you will not be eligible to vote in this poll.

We will announce the winners by 5pm CT on Friday, 29 August.

Many thanks and best of luck to both Devashish and Thomas in this OCP HPC run-off election.

 

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Announcing the 2014-2015 OCP Project Leads

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 · Posted by at 8:56 AM

The Foundation would like to announce that Devashish Paul of IDT and Thomas Sohmers of Rex Computing have agreed to co-lead the newly formed OCP HPC Project. The run-off poll that was issued on 26 August is now closed.

We would like to thank all those who voted in the first election as well as those who have already cast their votes in the run-off poll.  

The new 2014-2015 OCP Project Leads are:

  • Certification - YF Juan (ITRI)
  • Data Center - Jason Schafer (Prompt Critical Group)
  • Hardware Management - Co-leads - Rajeev Agrawala (Goldman Sachs) and Badriddine Khessib (Microsoft)
  • HPC - Devashish Paul (IDT) and Thomas Sohmer (Rex Computing)
  • Networking - Co-leads - Omar Baldonado (Facebook) and Carlos Cardenas (UTSA)
  • Open Rack - Co-leads - Co-leads - Steve Mills (Facebook) and Brian Obernesser (Fidelity)
  • Server - Co-leads - Mark Shaw (Microsoft) and John Stuewe (Dell)
  • Storage - Asghar Riahi (Seagate)

 

These new OCP project leads will fill one of the most important volunteer roles we have in the OCP community and we thank all the past, current project leads for their willingness to encourage, empower, and inspire the OCP project communities to communicate, collaborate and contribute!

Again, congratulations and thank you to everyone for your continued support and participation in OCP.

Get Involved:  

Please join us at the OCP Engineering Workshops in Shanghai, China and Tokyo, Japan in September.  Registration and Call for Participation for the OCP European Summit in October is also open.

To find out more about getting involved in OCP, please click here.

 

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