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EMC and ARM join the Open Compute Platform

Storage and microprocessor firms join the open datacentre hardware movement
Thu Jan 17 2013, 10:18

SANTA CLARA: INDUSTRY VETERANS EMC and ARM are two of the latest organizations to join the Open Compute Platform (OCP) at this year's OCP Summit.

Heavy hitters in the storage market like EMC, Fusion-IO, Hitachi and Sandisk announced they were joining OCP, while microprocessor firms like ARM, Calxeda and Tilera will join as well.

"This is a consumer led organization. Consumers are smart, we know what we need and we know what we want," said chairman of the OCP and Facebook VP of hardware design and supply chain operations Frank Frankovsky at the OCP Summit in Santa Clara, CA.

The new additions to the OCP will look to add their help to the group's mission of bringing an open hardware paradigm to the datacentre market. Along with its existing partners, the OCP hopes to promote a datacentre hardware system that uses cooperation as a means to create innovation.

Facebook started the group two years ago in an effort to improve its own datacentre hardware. The group is led by Facebook executive Frankovsky.

A key motivation of the OCP is to remove the "monolithic designs" of existing datacentre systems and disaggregate some of the technology to make it easier to upgrade servers.

The group presently has companies like Intel, AMD, and Appliedmicro in its stable of partners. With the new additions OCP adds partners from both the processor and storage sectors.

Announcements of the partnerships were made at the fourth OCP Summit in Santa Clara, California. In years past, the OCP has held summits in San Antonio, Texas and at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California. µ


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