Open Server Summit (OSS), now in its fifth year, focuses on the use of industry-standard hardware and open-source software to handle a wide variety of IT applications. The key ingredient in this approach is a software layer that allows data centers to use any kind of hardware, and the layer takes care of the details. Software-defined networking is part of this equation, but so too are software-defined storage and the software-defined data center (which are major topics here).
OSS begins with three pre-conference seminars on:
- Scale-out servers – low-cost, low-power devices intended for scale-out applications such as database or Web search, data analysis, or security. The idea is to increase performance by just adding more servers as needed.
- Silicon photonics – bringing silicon prices to high-speed applications, thus eliminating the need for expensive optical interfaces. This would make 100 G systems and higher feasible everywhere in the data center.
- Software-defined storage – allowing data centers to meet ever-increasing demands for storage by means of software that would allow low-cost white-box storage to work alongside legacy systems and specialty hardware. This would keep storage costs from dominating data centers.
Two evening plenaries cover the software-defined data center and the needs of the financial industry.
Other major sessions include:
- Keynotes by Microsoft (hyperscale cloud solutions and innovations for cloud scale servers), HP (managing big data from the Internet of Things), Intel (cloud services and data centers for the Internet of Things), Huawei (high throughput computing data center), Diablo Technologies (virtualization and Memory Channel Architecture), AMD (multiple processor options), and Dell
- Plenary on Server Roadmaps describing what we can expect from major processor vendors and server developers and users such as ARM, Applied Micro, AMD, Intel, Microsoft, and Open Power Consortium
- Beer Pizza session where attendees can ask questions of experts on such subjects as big data, cloud servers, software-defined storage, software-defined networking, and SSDs
Media sponsors include SDNcentral, Electronic Products magazine, Lightwave, Light Reading, OpenSystems Media, RTC Magazine, and PICMG Systems and Technology. Organizational sponsors include Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA), PICMG, SNIA, RapidIO Trade Association, IT Brand Pulse, Industry Academia Partnership, and IEEE-CNSV. Analyst sponsors include IMEX Research, Dell’Oro Group, and Ovum.
For more details, see www.openserversummit.com.