“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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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