Open Compute Project

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Traditional IT is holding us back.

Compute infrastructure has historically been confined to proprietary black boxes.

The success of the Internet and the open source movement has shown us that it isn’t about finding one solution that fits everywhere, or designing a monolithic stack to do everything. It’s about getting a variety of options to work well together to better address particular needs.

Proprietary hardware
has become a competitive
disadvantage.

Open hardware
is the way forward.

Changing the game

We need a new approach

We, the designers and consumers of IT equipment, need more control over how we configure, service and scale it. We want to buy only what we need, and not pay for useless frills.

That’s why we launched the Open Compute Project (OCP). Our community is working to redesign all the pieces of IT infrastructure and fuel rapid innovation so we can address custom challenges with open hardware.

Read more about our history, mission, and vision.

Hardware has some catching up to do.

In technology, consumer needs are quickly outpacing provider solutions. Big data, streaming data and cloud services demand more compute power than traditional, one-size-fits-all hardware can provide cost-efficiently.

Proprietary hardware has become a competitive disadvantage. Open hardware is the way forward.

Why OCP

OCP gear provides

Efficiency

By using less power and stripping out unnecessary parts, OCP specs deliver more compute power for your investment. They allow you to operate at higher capacity, reduce redundancy, streamline maintenance, and lower your long-term total cost of ownership.

Flexibility

Commodity hardware frees you from being locked into a single vendor for all your IT equipment for years to come.

Scalability

The modular nature of OCP gear means you can buy only what you need today and scale up tomorrow. With open hardware, you can now build to address your particular challenges when planning for rapid growth.

Choice and control

Customizable, commoditized components put you in charge of what you pay for and what you deploy.

Faster development time

Leveraging the collective wisdom of the OCP community is like having a virtual engineering staff. Have a question about a spec? Talk directly to the person who designed it.

Environmental sustainability

Super-efficient electrical systems mean you’ll likely consume less power. “Frill-free” designs require fewer materials. Modular designs allow you to upgrade parts instead of whole components.

How it works

Collaborating for change

The Open Compute Project (OCP) is a collaborative community focused on redesigning hardware technology. Leaders from -the- tech, financial, telco and other industries meet here to share ideas and specifications.

We have a community-led governance model, with a board of directors that approves the creation of new projects, and an Incubation Committee that approves all new

 specifications. The Open Compute Project Foundation is a 501(c)(6) organization that employs a small support team. Read more about our organization.

We currently have active projects in certification and interoperability, data center, HPC, hardware management, networking, open rack, server, storage, and telco technologies. See the list, tech specs and designs here.

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