What Is An Open Compute Project

Written by Caitlin Davidson

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Open Compute Project Defined

The Open Compute Project (OCP) is a collaborative community organization that focuses on sharing designs of data centers, best practices and products among companies to efficiently support the growing demands on compute infrastructure. The main aim of the OCP  is to make data hardware consistent in effort to boost efficiency and minimize human error.

To insure a level of consistency in the contributions of the community, OCP requires that all contributions meet three out of the four core OCP tenets including:

  • Efficiency
  • Scalability
  • Openness
  • Impact

Companies that are already apart of OCP include:

  • Facebook
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Nokia
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Seagate Technology
  • Dell
  • Rackspace
  • Cisco
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Fidelity
  • Lenovo
  • Alibaba Group

Benefits that users can reap from OCP include:

  • Savings – The project is made to slash operating expenses in comparison to conventional hardware by eliminating gratuitous equipment from data centers.
  • Scalability -An individual design can be tailored to support various applications, such as high-performance computing and storage server applications.
  • Solutions – Since open source projects are a group effort, the community leverages the talent of multiple organizations instead of one. Solutions to problems can be resolved quicker whenever a body of experts are focusing on the same issue.

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