Open19 is a community of companies from different parts of the data center and edge eco-system from components supplies through system suppliers and integrators to data center operators. This Project aims to establish a new open standard for servers based on a common form factor. The goals of Open19 are to provide lower cost per rack, lower cost per server, optimized power utilization, and (eventually) an open standard that everyone can contribute to and participate in.
What is Open19?
Open19 is a new initiative being launched by LinkedIn with more industry partners expected to join in the future. Open19 is our vision for a new type of open server and rack technology. Our plan is to build a standard that works in any EIA 19-inch rack, in order to allow many more suppliers to produce servers that will interoperate and will be interchangeable in any rack environment.
Open19 defines the form factor, power distribution, and network connectivity to servers, storage, and other elements in the data center that can fit within a 2RU size or smaller.
The Open19 platform is based on standard building blocks with the following specifications:
- Standard 19-inch 4 post rack;
- Brick cage;
- Brick (B), Double Brick (DB), Double High Brick (DHB);
- Power shelf—12 volt distribution, OTS power modules;
- Optional Battery Backup Unit (BBU);
- Optional Networking switch (ToR);
- Snap-on power cables/PCB—200-250 watts per brick;
- Snap-on data cables—up to 100G per brick;
- Provides linear growth on power and bandwidth based on brick size.