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As the only Platinum OCP Solutions Provider, we play a unique role in the Open Compute Project and are the final integration point for Open Compute Servers, delivering fully racked and tested solutions to Facebook datacenters around the globe.

Contact Shou Lin Chua at 510-962-0035 to schedule an onsite meeting during the Summit or stop by the Hyve Solutions booth.

 

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OCP U.S. Summit 2015 – Agenda is Live!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

We’re a week away from the Open Compute Project U.S. Summit 2015! As a reminder, the conference will be taking place on March 10-11 at the San Jose Convention Center.

At this year’s event, you’ll hear from leaders at Facebook, Intel, HP, Hyve, Microsoft and dozens of other top companies. Talks will include news announcements and updates on the next phase of the OCP Foundation, along with innovations in hardware, datacenter management and performance, and sustainability.

Check out the full agenda here – and keep an eye out as we’ll be making more updates on speakers throughout the week.

In addition to speakers on the main stage, don’t forget to check out the booths in the Expo Hall. This year, we’ll have a stage in the Expo Hall where industry leaders will be giving talks and demos on stage.

Note that tickets are sold out and we will not be doing on-site registration or walk-ins this year.

As always, you’re welcome to watch the conference via Livestream, which can be found at the link here and available on the OCP website prior to the event.

We look forward to seeing you next week! 

From our Sponsors

  resizedimage152100 intel rgb 3000        Intel
At this year’s Summit, you can expect to hear more news from Intel, our partners and end users who are embracing OCP. We have new products and designs to talk about spanning compute, network and storage. With that in mind, be sure to catch the Intel keynote on Tuesday at 10:45am by Jason Waxman, Vice President of the Intel Cloud Platforms Group. These are exciting times for organizations that are committed to using or developing data center components based on openly shared specifications. Working together, we are all making the Open Compute Project vision a reality. 
     
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HP has been a participant in the Open Compute Project since its inception and is proud to be a Platinum sponsor of the 2015 Summit. We are committed to the mission of OCP and to working with other members of the foundation to drive innovation in our industry. We look forward to sharing ideas and fostering collaboration with the OCP community at next week’s summit.
     
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We’re committed to supporting the Open Compute Project through design submissions, technical contributions and engineering resources. OCP gives customers even greater choice and the opportunity to bridge disparate technologies together that deliver value in their data centers. We look forward to sharing our latest developments at the OCP Summit next week, through engineering workshops, keynotes, and breakout sessions. 
     
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Hyve Solutions defines the future of the data center with purpose-built energy-efficient infrastructure designed for large-scale deployments. From OCP highly energy-efficient solutions to beyond with Hyve’s own custom-designed Ambient Series rack and server solutions, Hyve has everything you need.
     

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resizedimage152100 intel rgb 3000Just four years ago, the Open Compute Project was essentially a vision for designing and enabling the delivery of highly efficient hyperscale data center components based on open specifications. Today, the vision for the OCP initiative has come alive in the form of real innovations in servers, racks, storage, and networking.

The latest of these innovations will take center stage this week at the Open Compute Project U.S. Summit 2015 in San Jose. The OCP Summit is an opportunity for OCP aligned vendors to showcase contributions and advancements for DC platforms and components, while OCP adopters share requirements and learning from using OCP products in their data centers.

At Intel, we’re committed to the OCP mission and to playing a meaningful role in delivering the data center of the future. Over the past four years, we have made significant contributions in the form of servers, racks, storage, and networking components that comply with OCP specifications.

These contributions range from Intel® Xeon® Processor E5 boards to bare-metal Ethernet switch specifications and Ethernet cards aligned with OCP specifications. Through engineering collaborations with the OCP ecosystem, we have enabled a range of OCP-compliant systems and boards delivered by our partners. Today we have more than 40 Intel based products from our Open Compute ecosystem partners available for adoption.

At this year’s Summit, you can expect to hear more news from Intel, our partners and end users who are embracing OCP. We have new products and designs to talk about spanning compute, network and storage. With that in mind, be sure to catch the keynote address from Jason Waxman, Vice President of the Intel Cloud Platforms Group, and Tuesday morning at 10:45am.

These are exciting times for organizations that are committed to using or developing data center components based on openly shared specifications. Working together, we are all making the Open Compute vision a reality.

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Big News on Day One of OCP Summit

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 · Posted by at 9:22 AM

Today, we kicked off the first day of the Open Compute Project U.S. Summit 2015. Nearly 3,000 people gathered to openly share and learn about the technologies that are redefining the data center and moving our industry forward. Thanks to all who attended and to all those who tuned in via the livestream.

I'm happy to say that the OCP community's influence has gained a lot of momentum in the past year, with new contributions and membership from companies like HP, Dell, Cisco, Apple and Microsoft. We have nearly 200 companies now participating in the project, and every day new technologies are being developed and contributed.

We have passed the tipping point where OCP gear is no longer an experiment. Major companies and vendors have pivoted from proprietary interests and are working together to bring open datacenter technologies to market. We saw the open source model work for software, and now we know it can be done with hardware. Companies can openly collaborate and come out ahead. There is still work to be done in enabling adoption, but the momentum we've built on community and technology is undeniable. Thank you for making this another special Open Compute Project Summit.

A recap of exciting partner news announced today is below. Be sure to tune in to the live stream tomorrow to check out more talks from leaders at Facebook, Intel, HP, Hyve, Microsoft and other top companies.

Facebook

Facebook announced “Yosemite” and “Mono Lake,” a proposed contribution for its first system-on-a-chip compute server that supports independent 4 servers at a performance-per-watt superior to traditional datacenter servers for heavily parallelizable workloads. It is an ideal component for our disaggregated rack infrastructure. Additionally, Facebook proposed a contribution the spec for its top-of-rack network switch, “Wedge,” and announced “OpenBMC,” its open low-level board management software that enables flexibility and speed in feature development for BMC chips. Lastly, Facebook announced that it's opening its central library of “FBOSS,” the software behind Wedge.

Intel

Intel and Facebook collaborated for over 18 months on Yosemite, which uses a server card, Mono Lake, that is based on the new Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family, the company’s first Xeon-based SoC. The Xeon D product family is the first Xeon line built on 14nm process technology and the third generation of Intel 64-bit SoCs for microservers, storage, network and the Internet of Things (IoT).  

HP

HP announced today a new portfolio designed specifically for the needs of service providers to create differentiated services, increase speed and agility, and drive business growth. As part of this announcement, HP introduced HP Cloudline, a new family of compute platforms that enable service providers running hyperscale IT architectures to maximize data center efficiency and increase cloud service agility. With HP Cloudline, HP is further extending its open infrastructure vision from cloud and network switches to include servers. Open solutions accelerate innovation and provide service providers with the flexibility required for rapid growth.

Mellanox

Mellanox announced that the OpenOptics MSA is contributing the developed wavelength specifications to the Open Compute Project. The new specification enables data to be streamed at terabits per second over a single fiber and is part of Mellanox’s mission to drive a faster pace of innovation that focuses on energy efficiency and bandwidth scalability in data center technologies. Mellanox also announced Mellanox Multi-Host™, an innovative technology that provides high flexibility and major savings in building next generation, scalable Cloud, Web 2.0 and high-performance data centers.

Broadcom

Broadcom announced the availability of the Broadcom Open Network Switch Library (OpenNSL), a new software platform for Original Equipment Markers (OEMs), Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and network operators. OpenNSL is a software interface with a set of APIs that enable the development of new applications on top of Broadcom StrataXGS® switches, giving customers the flexibility to tailor their network equipment and meet their unique infrastructure requirements.

Cumulus

Cumulus Networks announced today that they contributed the “ACPI Platform Description” or APD to OCP as a new industry standard for networking hardware and operating system integration. They’ve extended ACPI, broadly used with servers and PCs, for use with bare metal switches.

Accton

Edge-Core (Accton’s subsidiary) announced today the Wedge-16X top-of-rack switch, which is the first commercial product implementation of the Wedge design that Facebook contributed to OCP. Accton also announced that it will open source through the Open Compute Project (OCP) two new data center switch designs— the industry’s first open design of a 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch to enable continued capacity growth of web-scale infrastructures, and a cost optimized 40GbE switch design for deployment of current open infrastructures based on 10GbE and 40GbE.

Hyve

Hyve announced Open Rack v2, Leopard, Honey Badger and Wedge products. Datacenter customers can source the latest Open Compute Project server, storage and networking solutions direct from Hyve Solutions. Hyve also announced a partnership with Cavium, Inc. to bring 64-bit ARM-based volume server solutions to market via its AmbientSeries, addressing the hyper-scale cloud and data center market as well as the industry’s first dual-socket ARMv8 Open Compute platform.

NetBRIC

NetBRIC joins OCP as the first contribution from China. NetBRIC aims to redefine the FLASH storage architecture of the big data, cloud computing era. 

 

 

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OCP Leadership Terms Extended to 2016

Monday, March 23, 2015 · Posted by at 10:42 AM

On any level in any organization, there are clear advantages to maintaining flexibility in its operating procedures. The wider organizational wisdom dictates that, at times, the Open Compute Project take advantage of such flexibility.

A prevalent discussion after the OCP Leadership Day in Austin revealed that the organization still has a lot of processes to put in place. This revelation was compounded, in a manner of timing, by the recent role change of Cole Crawford to Evangelist and the addition of Corey Bell as OCP's new CEO.

It was suggested by current leadership to keep everyone intact for at least another year.  The reasoning submitted was that an annual turn was not enough time to figure out the role.   It takes at least 6 months to understand the inner workings of the role and expectations, then there are only another few months to actually get work done before elections.   The leadership asked that we make no changes to the Project Lead or IC leadership until 2016.

The board agreed to this proposal.

The reason is simple: The combination of building a cohesive leadership team while currently working out all the processes provides an governing stability upon which to build a more solid organizational foundation. With this foundation firmly in place, elections in 2016 should be held in accordance with the governance procedures outlined in the OCP wiki.

The current leadership has been asked to stay on until the 2016 election, and the OCP Foundation can confirm by early this week if everyone is staying put. Should a member decide that he or she cannot stay, a special election will be held for the vacated seat.

It goes without saying – yet it bears constant repeating – that the wider organization is profoundly grateful to the OCP leadership for the work it puts in to maintain the organization's ecosystem. The foundation thanks and salutes you for your efforts.

Additionally, and more importantly, the foundation and the OCP leadership thank the wider membership for its understanding as procedures and processes crystallize into a more consistent form as we move forward.

 

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Open Compute Delivers Flexibility and Empowerment to Fidelity Investments
Fidelity Investments reconfigured its data centers to better fit its business needs, engaging its engineering team in redesigning a revolutionary new rack, and reducing energy consumption by 20%.

AT A GLANCE

Industry: Financial Services

Data centers:  4

Physical servers: 11,000

Virtual servers: 22,000

Storage: 22PB

IT staff: 10,000+

Founded in 1946, Fidelity Investments is a multinational financial services corporation headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. It is one of the largest mutual fund and financial services groups in the world.

Fidelity’s Enterprise Infrastructure team is responsible for the company’s data centers, networks, technology platforms and enterprise software, providing the underlying technology that enables the company’s IT developers to deliver timely, innovative solutions and services to its customers.

CHALLENGE
Finding new efficiencies
In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Fidelity Investments was looking for opportunities to streamline its operations. The company’s Enterprise Infrastructure team found room for improvement in the way it consumed technology in its servers and data centers.

“Many enterprises have been sold on proprietary gear for years,” says Eric Wells, vice president of data center services for Fidelity Investments. “At Fidelity, we’d gotten used to our suppliers telling us what was available, what the next innovations were. That’s fine, but it drives a very high-cost operating model. We needed to do it differently going forward.”

Fidelity’s Enterprise Infrastructure team also wanted to transform that way its members worked. Instead of maintaining a closed shop, the team was looking to open up and engage with an external community of engineers as a way to keep up with the latest developments and innovate in-house.

The Enterprise Infrastructure team is focused on three key things: time-to-market, cost efficiency and system security/stability. It was looking to build an underlying architecture that supported all of these things, and would also help reduce operational cost and complexity.

SOLUTION
Reinventing the data center
Open Compute is an open-source community of engineers working to redesign servers, storage and data center hardware designs for maximum efficiency and scalability. Open Compute was born inside Facebook, when the company realized that it had to re-invent the data center to maintain its exponential growth rate. Facebook designed and built a new kind of data center from the ground up that is 38% more efficient and 24% less expensive to run than a traditional data center. The company then shared these technologies as the Open Compute Project in 2011, hoping to create an open-source movement in the data center space that would bring about the same kind of rapid innovation typical of open source software.

Today, OCP has 150 member companies and thousands of participants working on eight different projects.

For Fidelity, Open Compute came along at just the right time. Since joining Open Compute in 2011, the company’s hardware engineers have participated in a number of initiatives, held a variety of positions and contributed several key specs back to the community. “We’re excited and proud to be part of a community that complements our own innovation in data center design, cloud services, social media and mobile devices,” says Keith Shinn, senior vice president, enterprise infrastructure. The company is currently migrating much of its distributed IT footprint to a private cloud platform based on Open Compute—a project that wasn’t possible before Fidelity designed the Open Bridge Rack.

Open Bridge Rack

The Open Bridge Rack is a convertible datacenter rack that can physically adjust to hold any size server up to 23 inches across. It’s a key link in helping enterprises make the switch from proprietary gear to Open Compute.

Traditionally, servers and racks are sold together. Standard servers are 19 inches wide while OCP servers (21 inches) and Telco devices (23 inches) are wider, so they require a larger rack. But even within 19-inch servers, there are slight size differences between different vendors, making their servers and racks incompatible. This is one way suppliers ensure future business.

The Open Bridge Rack changes all that, because it can be adjusted to accommodate a 19-inch server today, and a 21 or 23-inch server tomorrow, allowing Fidelity—or any enterprise—to future-proof its investment in racks.

The rack also improves on the standard power supply configuration. Known to be a big mark-up item for vendors, standard racks have 80 power supplies for 40 servers—many more than strictly necessary. What’s more, they can’t be replaced if they fail. The result is energy inefficiency, additional cost and wasted material. The Open Bridge Racks, like their predecessor the Open Compute Open Rack, have just 12 power supplies for 40 servers. They’re easy to replace if they fail, and they can be reused when an enterprise refreshes its compute.

Not only does Fidelity save money by not having to buy new racks, but Open Bridge Racks are also easier to maintain and more efficient. “This rack bridges the gap between today’s EIA racks/hardware and the next generation Open Compute racks/hardware,” says Brian Obernesser, vice president data center architecture. “The rack itself is convertible between EIA and OCP standard configurations. Its flexibility enables consumers to convert EIA racks either free or ganged in place to the OCP configuration as they begin to adopt OCP hardware. It also allows integrators or colocation facilities to standardize on a single rack that can respond and adapt to ever-changing customer requirements.”

Fidelity designed (patent pending) and donated it to the Open Compute Foundation, making it available to different manufacturers. The company has standardized on it, using it for its OCP deployments and everything else.

Community involvement

Before designing the Open Bridge Rack, Fidelity partnered with Goldman Sachs and a number of other financial firms to create an Open Compute server that would fit into a standard 19-inch rack. That work resulted in two new specs: the AMD Open 3.0 modular server and Decathlete, for Xeon/Intel.

Members of the Enterprise Infrastructure team have also partnered with other Open Compute participants to start the Compliance and Interoperability Project, which is focused on certification of Open Compute hardware and software. Today Fidelity engineers are working with Open InfraShare, a group focused on how to incorporate open software and hardware into existing architectures. The group meets to share designs and discuss requirements specific to enterprises. The aim is to draw attention and lend credibility to open source solutions.

Throughout the experience, the community itself has been one of the biggest benefits of participating in Open Compute for Fidelity. Bob Thurston, director of integrated engineering has found the community to be a remarkable asset. “The relationships we’ve built through our OCP involvement, especially with peers from other enterprise and hyper-scale data centers, have been invaluable in helping us look at things differently.”

In production

Today, Fidelity is using Open Compute gear to transform its infrastructure. The company is staring to target go-forward platforms, like its private cloud. That’s an environment that allows developers to rapidly build and test critical new apps and features for Fidelity customers—and it’s all based on Open Compute.

Open hardware works for Fidelity because it’s more cost-effective, and also allows the engineers to design for different types of workloads, whether that’s a private cloud or big data analytics. Michael Poulter, senior vice president architecture says, “Open Compute gives us more flexibility to use non-proprietary components in our systems, so that we’re not locked in to any single vendor, and we can more quickly evolve what we’re working on. We want more flexibility, and we think this is a desire we share with a lot of other companies.”

RESULTS
Influence, serviceability, cost savings and sustainability
Despite successive years of double-digit IT growth, Fidelity has achieved a 20% energy reduction across its North American data centers and is ahead of projected optimization targets in data center infrastructure costs. “We have totally changed the way we build data centers in the spirit of Open Compute,” says Joe Higgins, corporate sustainability officer and vice president of engineering. “Open communities are critical in achieving the highest levels of optimization for enterprise data centers.”

Costs have gone down due to less power consumption and also because now Fidelity can use gear from several different vendors who are competing on price. Maintenance is easier as well, which also contributes cost savings. Fidelity’s participation in the Open Compute Project also helps influence the evolution of data center components, shaping the industry as a whole in a way that supports Fidelity’s business.

“Open Compute has helped transform our organization into an ‘enlightened consumer,’” says Alok Kapoor, executive vice president, enterprise infrastructure, “one that’s better educated, aware and self-sufficient. It has empowered our people and firm to take a much more engaged and active part in the technology with a real ROI that goes well beyond cost.”

All the improvements haven’t gone without notice. Fidelity’s leadership understands the benefits as well, embracing open infrastructure as a key element of the firm’s executive-sponsored “compute strategy” initiative. In addition Fidelity has established an open source center of excellence to forward the firm’s broader adoption of open source technologies.

 

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