Open Compute Project (OCP)
Outgrowing traditional infrastructure
In 2009, Facebook was growing exponentially, offering new services and giving millions of people a platform to share photos and videos. Looking ahead, the company realized that it had to rethink its infrastructure to accommodate the huge influx of new people and data, and also control costs and energy consumption.
That’s when Facebook started a project to design the world’s most energy efficient data center, one that could handle unprecedented scale at the lowest possible cost. A small team of engineers spent the next two years designing and building one from the ground up: software, servers, racks, power supplies, and cooling. The result now stands in Prineville, Oregon.
It was 38% more energy efficient to build and 24% less expensive to run than the company’s previous facilities—and has led to even greater innovation.
In 2011, Facebook shared its designs with the public and—along with Intel and Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim—launched the Open Compute Project and incorporated the Open Compute Project Foundation. The five members hoped to create a movement in the hardware space that would bring about the same kind of creativity and collaboration we see in open source software. And that’s exactly what’s happening.
Spurring rapid innovation
The Open Compute Project Foundation is a rapidly growing, global community whose mission is to design, use, and enable mainstream delivery of the most efficient designs for scalable computing.
We believe that openly sharing ideas, specifications, and other intellectual property is the key to maximizing innovation and reducing complexity in tech components.
The Open Compute Project Foundation provides a structure in which individuals and organizations can share their intellectual property with others and encourage the IT industry to evolve.
In designing commodity hardware that is more efficient, flexible, and scalable, we’re redefining tech infrastructure. Together, we’re throwing off the shackles of proprietary, one-size-fits-all gear.
Today’s innovation is tomorrow’s standard
As technologists across industries participate in this community, we are creating and refining more designs, making it possible for more companies to transition from their old, proprietary solutions to OCP gear.
In response, hardware manufacturers
- OCP Campus Branch Wireless (CBW)
- OCP Data Center Facility
- OCP Hardware Management
- OCP High Performance Compute (HPC)
- OCP Modular Data Center (MDC)
- OCP Networking
- OCP NIC
- OCP openEdge
- OCP Open Network Install Environment (ONIE)
- OCP Open Network Linux
- OCP Open RMC
- OCP Open System Firmware
- OCP Rack & Power
- OCP Security
- OCP Server
- OCP SONiC
- OCP Storage
- OCP Switch Abstraction Interface (SAI)
- OCP Telco
- Alliance Fiber Optic Products
- Asset InterTech
- Axiom Electronics
- Benu Networks
- Cisco Systems
- Hyve Solutions
- IIIS Tsinghua University
- Mellanox Technologies
- One Stop Systems
- Pattern Matched Technologies
- Penguin Computing
- Schneider Electric
- Virtual Instruments
- Zeetta Networks