Open Compute Project

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”

~ Benjamin Franklin

 

The mission of the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation is to apply the benefits of open source software  practices to open hardware, and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center. As an open and collaborative community that is ever-evolving and growing to drive consumption of OCP gear, collaboration with OCP Community, and contribution tothe OCP Foundation, part of our evolution includes changes to our Tiered Membership Policy, Agreement and Logo Usage Policy. This blog post will explain how to become an OCP Member and what those changes are.

OCP Membership Summary 

For those who are interested on OCP Membership the following is a summary of how you can become and OCP Member.


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There are two categories of OCP Membership -  Executive and Non-Executive. Within those categories we have individual and tiered membership types. OCP Tiered membership is broken into four (4) levels - Community, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.


Executive membership is reserved for our board members; Non-Executive membership is for all other members. Individual membership is reserved for individuals not associated with an organizational member.  Tiered Membership is reserved for organizations (Individuals can not be OCP Tiered members).

 We aren’t “Pay to Play”

OCP is a non-profit (501(c)6) with a merit-based membership model.  OCP Individual membership is free; however if you belong to an organization who is a member, your organizational membership takes precedence over your individual membership.  Individuals and organizations alike do not have to be a member to access the contributions, join the mailing lists, participate in OCP Project Meetings or OCP Events.  It is only when individuals or organizations would like the benefits of membership (see chart below) do they have to become a member.  You’ll also notice that the more merit you have the more benefits you receive and the cost of those benefits decrease as you increase your tier (applies to Silver, Gold, and Platinum).

Rationale For Change

In order for the Foundation to meet the needs of a growing community, to make it possible for more organizations to participate in our Solution and Component Provider Programs, and protect and strengthen the OCP Brand, the Foundation felt it was necessary to review its Tiered Membership Policy and Agreement.  In early September, the OCP Board met in Redmond, Washington and ratified the following changes (which will be discussed in more detail throughout this post). 

Changes

Changes to OCP Tiered Membership Requirements include:

OCP Tiered Membership Agreements are now evergreen (Requirements) - this means that all OCP Tiered Membership Agreements signed on or after 25 October 2016 will not have to be re-signed, if member intends to continue OCP membership at the same level and via the same options as they did when they signed the agreement. (Please note Gold Category 2 and Platinum members will be subject a review, to ensure requirements are being met prior to renewal invoice be automatically issued.  This review will take place 90 days prior to agreement renewal date.)

OCP Gold Level Tiered Membership now only has two (2) ways to achieve this level (Requirements) - we will no longer offer the ability to reach OCP Gold Level Tiered Membership through Time and IP contribution only.  If you are currently exercising this option you and your organization will have 90 days from your current expiration date to decide if you would like to remain Gold or if you wish to become another level of OCP Tiered Membership. (The Foundation will be reaching out to those organizations, if it hasn’t already, about this changes and your options)

Changes to OCP Tiered Membership Benefits include:

OCP Community Level Tiered membership (Benefits) - Community level members are now eligible to participate in the Solution/Component Level Programs; Can run for a leadership position if organizations has contributed IP or its equivalent (Equivalent IP will be explained a blog post later this week). Can submit  Specifications, Designs, Products and when implemented Reference Architecture and Reference Implementation to be considered for recognition as OCP-ACCEPTED™ - All other benefits remain the same.

OCP Silver Level Tiered membership (Benefits) - Silver level members are now eligible to participate in the Solution/Component Level Programs; Can submit for Specifications, Designs, Products and when implemented Reference Architecture and Reference Implementation to be considered for recognition as OCP-ACCEPTED™; Can submit a product to be considered for recognition as OCP-INSPIRED™ - All other benefits remain the same.

OCP Gold Level Tiered membership (Benefits) - Gold level members are now eligible to participate in the Solution/Component Level Programs; Can submit for Specifications, Designs, Products and when implemented Reference Architecture and Reference Implementation to be considered for recognition as OCP-ACCEPTED™; Can submit a product to be considered for recognition as OCP-INSPIRED™ - All other benefits remain the same.

OCP Platinum Level Tiered membership (Benefits) - Gold level members are now eligible to participate in the Solution/Component Level Programs; Can submit for Specifications, Designs, Products and when implemented Reference Architecture and Reference Implementation to be considered for recognition as OCP-ACCEPTED™; Can submit a product to be considered for recognition as OCP-INSPIRED™; Eligible to receive an in-person OCP 101 Briefing; Eligible to request an OCP Staff Member help staff and industry booth (some restrictions apply)  - All other benefits remain the same.

 

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Solution and Component Provider Program Changes 

In order to participate in the Solution and Component Programs, an organization must be an OCP Tiered Member.  Prior to September, in order to participate those participating had to be at an OCP Gold or Platinum Level Tiered Member level  where the total cost of enrollment ranged from $70K to $150K depending on which Tier and what option an organization chose to reach OCP Gold Level Tiered membership.  However, with the inclusion of all Tiers, the total cost of participation is $31K to $85K, and the new fee structure follows the merit based membership model (as shown in the graphic below).  We are also rolling out a searchable database to highlight what specifications and designs have been recognized as OCP-ACCEPTED™ as well as what products have been recognized as OCP-ACCEPTED™ or OCP-INSPIRED™ by the OCP Foundation. (Please note organizations can not make the claim that a product is “OCP” without a formal review by the OCP Foundation - as mentioned above this process will be explained in another blog post)

When do the changes take effect?

If your organization is a current member, the change to Community and Gold Level requirements will take place upon your renewal.  If your organization is not currently a member but you are seeking membership the changes are effective immediately.

Communicating the changes

For the past 90 days, at each OCP Event the Foundation has communicated that these changes would be taking place. We have also had several calls with members to go over these changes. However, all Tiered members will be receiving an email with a link to this blog post and to the updated OCP Membership pages and legal agreements this week.  These will be sent to the POC listed on your organization's membership agreement unless otherwise communicated to the Foundation.   

If you have any questions about becoming an OCP Tiered Member or if you have questions about your organization’s membership please contact membership@opencompute.org. 

Here are the links to our current list of  OCP Members and Solution Providers

About OCP

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)(6) organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, and Rackspace. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond.

If you would like more information on how to participate in the OCP Community please visit: http://www.opencompute.org/participate

 

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Dear OCP Community:

As you know, our mission is to apply the benefits of open source software practices to open hardware, and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center. As an open and collaborative community, part of that evolution includes occasional changes to our structure and policies. I simply wanted to reach out to you personally and give you the highlights of the changes that our Board of Directors approved recently.

First of all, the purpose of the changes are to make it possible for more organizations to participate in not only our Solution and Component Provider Programs, but to increase the benefits to all members as well as protect and strengthen the OCP Brand. The changes we are announcing now center on Membership Requirements and Membership Benefits.

  • We will no longer offer the ability to reach OCP Gold Level Tiered Membership through time and IP contribution only.  

  • All Tiered Membership Levels  are now eligible to participate in the Solution/Component Provider Programs and the overall cost for these programs have been reduced as well.

  • Community members can run for a project leadership position if their organization has contributed IP or its equivalent.

  • Silver, Gold  Platinum level members can submit a product to be considered for recognition as OCP-INSPIRED™. All Tiered Membership Levels can submit Specifications, Designs, Products and eventually Reference Architecture and Reference Implementation to be considered for OCP-ACCEPTED™.

We are also rolling out a searchable database to highlight what specifications and designs have been recognized as OCP-ACCEPTED™ as well as what products have been recognized as OCP-ACCEPTED™ or OCP-INSPIRED™ by the OCP Foundation.

You can see the detailed changes occurring in a recent blog post here.

An excellent way for you and your team to see firsthand the fruits of the labors of the community is to attend and sponsor our upcoming Summit, to be held 8 - 9 March, 2017 in Santa Clara, CA. You can learn more at http://opencompute.org/ocp-u.s.-summit-2017/

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to increasing our impact on the industry and your business in the coming months and years. And please feel free to reach out to us  anytime at membership@opencompute.org.

Warmest regards,

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Corey Bell
Chief Executive Officer
Open Compute Project Foundation

 

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“Being a hero doesn’t mean you’re invincible. It just means that you’re brave enough to stand up and do what’s needed.”  ― Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena

Earlier today, Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation board member and active Platinum Tiered member Microsoft announced Project Olympus.  This announcement ushers in a new way we in the OCP community will accelerate open hardware designs, innovation and implementation processes. And it’s exciting!

Project Olympus is Microsoft’s next generation hyperscale cloud hardware design and a new model for open source hardware development.  The hardware focuses on modularity, cost and power efficiency, and global datacenter interoperability. The Project Olympus contribution to OCP will consist the following:

  • a new Universal motherboard
  • high availability power supply with included batteries
  • 1U/2U server chassis
  • high-density storage expansion
  • a new Universal rack power distribution unit for global datacenter interoperability
  • a standards compliant rack management card

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With Project Olympus, Microsoft will bring more choice and flexibility to adopters, suppliers and innovators by showcasing modularity of this contribution. The “building blocks” that make up this contribution can allow for adopters and suppliers to independently piece together these blocks to meet specific datacenter configurations and design needs.

“We believe Project Olympus is the most modular and flexible cloud hardware design in the datacenter industry, and will become the foundation for a broad ecosystem of compliant hardware products developed by the OCP community,” said Kushagra Vaid, OCP Incubation Committee member and General Manager, Azure Cloud Hardware Infrastructure, Microsoft Corp.

So what does this mean for the OCP community?

What we have learned since the inception of OCP is that each data center has unique parameters and constraints that drive differences in the ideal rack architecture.   And even though the data center drives differences in the rack, the ingredients, or building blocks, used to build the rack are the same.   Today, we have common switchgear being deployed in OCP Open Rack architecture and the industry standard 19” EIA architecture.   Project Olympus delivers new and additional building blocks that can be used in any rack architecture.

For those who have been active in the OCP Server Project, or who have been following our hardware contributions, then you are already familiar with Microsoft’s Open Cloud Server v1 and v2 contributions, and more than likely you’ve heard mention of ‘v-next’ at several of our OCP Engineering Workshops and our Technology Day.  Project Olympus is next evolution of Microsoft’s hyperscale open source hardware.   

Over the next few weeks we’ll be collaborating with Microsoft through the OCP Server Project group and utilize github to introduce the specifications and design files to the community. Since this isn’t just code, we’re actively building this process and trust that you in the community will help us improve this process of sharing not only the hardware and software specifications but the collateral files--Schematics, Board Files, Mechanical Assemblies--as well. Since Microsoft will now open and share their active development files at the “beta stage” when they are only about 50% complete this follows the ‘release early, release often” model we see in open source software. No other hardware contributor to OCP has released this early in the development cycle, and by doing so Microsoft is giving the community the ability to download, modify, and fork the hardware design just like open source software projects. This means we will begin to drive hardware innovation using the proven best practices and concepts of open source software, and you, the community, will build that future.

Over the next few weeks we will build out the repositories and start active collaboration through the OCP Server Project. If you’re interested in Project Olympus you can find out more at:

Want to find out more about the progress of not only Project Olympus but all of the projects at OCP? Then join us at our annual summit, which will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California on 8-9 March 2017.  Registration opens soon and you can find out more information at http://opencompute.org/ocp-u.s.-summit-2017/

Can’t wait until the Summit?  Then join us tomorrow at the OCP Engineering Workshop that is being co-located with Zettastructure: The European Digital Infrastructure Summit hosted by DataCenter Dynamics in London

About OCP

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)(6) organization which was founded in 2011 by Facebook, Intel, Rackspace. Our mission is to apply the benefits of open source to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center and beyond.

Find out more about you can participate in the OCP Community at: http://opencompute.org/participate

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