Rise of the white box

The rise of the white box server

White box from the beginning

First, let us define a white box server. A white box server (sometimes referred to as a beige box) is a machine without a well-known brand name associated with it. White boxes are usually made en masse by Asian original design manufacturers (ODMs) such as Quanta, Wistron, Inventec and Wiwynn. They are also produced by system integrators who build systems assembled from parts purchased separately to create bespoke systems.

OK, so where do black boxes come from? In the traditional IT procurement model, enterprise customers buy from original equipment manufactures (OEMs) such as HPE, Dell and IBM. The OEMs in turn outsource the manufacturing of hardware to the ODMs. It is at this point you are buying a branded, closed, black box server.

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Jason Taylor gives the keynote presentation at the OCP U.S. Summit 2016

OCP Summit US 2016 summary

OCP Summit news

2016 marked the seventh OCP Summit and was held in San Jose, California. It attracted over 2000 people this year including many industry leaders. Jason Taylor, President and Chairman of the Open Compute Project (OCP), and VP of Infrastructure for Facebook, highlighted the continued growth of the OCP community. He also discussed the OCP momentum seen among large web, financial technology, and telecommunications companies, during his keynote presentation. Continue reading

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