AMD: Servers Based on Energy-Efficient Open 3.0 Platform Available
The OCP was developed to encourage technology vendors to produce new data center products based on Facebook's specifications, which the company and other organizations could use in their data centers. The OCP has branched out from focusing on servers to include other data resources such as storage appliances and power supplies. OCP officials said earlier this month that the consortium is now turning its attention to data center networks, focusing on such trends as software-defined networking (SDN) and network-function virtualization (NFV). Penguin Computing officials announced May 8 that OCP officials had named the company an OCP solutions provider. Penguin now can offer highly integrated, scalable, custom-built OCP solutions aimed at midsize and large data centers, company officials said. In a post on the company blog announcing the designation, Arend Dittmer, director of product management at Penguin, wrote that while the introduction of open standards could lead to more commoditization of data center hardware, there will continue to be demand for vendors with the skills to integrate the open hardware and software, particularly in such complex areas as high-performance computing (HPC).AMD officials said Open 3.0-based systems are aimed at such environments as HPC, VDI deployments and cloud computing. "This type of model ... is what a lot of large customers and data centers are looking at," Ogrey told eWEEK in January. AMD, Broadcom, Quanta and other partners are scheduled to discuss the Open 3.0 platform during a roundtable discussion May 14 in New York City.
“So on the one hand further ‘commoditization’ will add pressure on hardware prices … no doubt about that,” Dittmer wrote. “On the other hand, lower prices drive more and larger deployments with inherently increasing complexity. While there are numerous providers that know how to build servers, the air gets thinner when it comes to solution providers that really know how to make things work.”