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LinkedIn's Data Center Standard Aims to Do What OCP Hasn't

Dateline: 29 May 2017

While fomenting a full-blown revolt against the largest American hardware vendors’ once-outsize influence on the hyper-scale data center market, by many accounts Facebook’s Open Compute Project has yet to make a meaningful impact in smaller facilities that house the majority of the world’s IT infrastructure.

 

OCP hardware has been difficult to source for companies that buy in much smaller volumes than do its two biggest users – Facebook and Microsoft – and if you don’t want to redesign your data center to support the standard OCP requirements, your already slim vendor choice for OCP gear that fits into standard 19-inch data center racks is narrowed further.

 

That’s the problem Open 19, a new data center standard developed by LinkedIn, aims to solve. It promises a way to build out data centers that’s both compatible with traditional data center infrastructure and simple and quick enough to meet the servers-by-the-ton pace of hyper-scale data center operators.

 

It will be a lot easier for companies to adopt Open19 “because they don’t need to change the basic infrastructure,” Yuval Bachar, LinkedIn’s principal engineer for global infrastructure architecture and strategy, said in an interview with Data Center Knowledge.

 

Today, LinkedIn is launching a non-profit foundation in an effort to grow an ecosystem around its data center standard. And it’s recruited some heavyweight founding members – GE Digital, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and the multinational electronics manufacturing giant Flex (formerly Flextronics) – in addition to the data center infrastructure startup Vapor IO.

 

The Open19 Foundation’s charter is to “create project-based open hardware and software solutions for the data center industry.” Similar to the way the Open Compute Foundation (which oversees OCP) works, Open19 will accept intellectual property contributions from members, LinkedIn’s hardware spec being the first one.

 

Read more: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2017/05/23/linkedins-data-center-standard-aims-ocp-hasnt-done/

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