Not content with taking a large chunk of the white box hardware market, it would seem Facebook is now moving into chip design. Whilst the social network has decided not to comment at this time about the project, there is a job posting asking for candidates that can: Continue reading
Aegis Data has entered into an agreement with data centre hardware firm Hyperscale IT, which is providing it with access to Open Compute hardware services. The partnership will allow Aegis Data’s customers to significantly benefit from greater flexibility and lower total cost of ownership when it comes to fulfilling their compute needs. Continue reading
Read our guest post about Open Compute in Computer Weekly’s blog ‘Ahead in the clouds’:
Containerised datacentre – it’s available at all good datacentre trade shows and certainly made a splash pre-2010, but have you actually seen one in the wild? Continue reading
Open compute meets low CO2 plastics
At the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit last month we spoke to Simon Huang, general manager from JPSeco (Jean Parker & Sons Corp). JPSeco have been working on a Natural Fiber Reinforced Plastic (NFRP) which has very low CO2 emissions compared to traditional plastics that are used in servers today. Continue reading
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.
The SUSE Linux vendor runs a six-monthly survey on OpenStack users’ attitudes and deployments. The results of this bi-annual report, completed by some 1315 individuals across the planet, are just in.
Headlines include that 60% of deployments are now in production, compared to 32% under two years ago, and twice as many users filled in the survey this time. Over half the community works in cloud operating, which I guess is no surprise. What was more surprising to me was that the size of organisations using OpenStack (in terms of headcount) is fairly evenly distributed. For example, the number of OpenStack-using companies with 1 to 9 employees was similar to those with 100,000 or more. Although, as a trend, the uptake in larger companies is increasing survey to survey, maybe they are having a slower incubation time to get OpenStack into production. Continue reading
2015 saw Dell strengthen its commitment to hyperscale customers, well ‘almost’ hyperscale customers. Before we go into that, first a tiny bit of history. Eight years ago Dell created Data Centre Solutions (DCS). DCS set about designing and building solutions tailor-made for scale-out datacentre environments: hyperscale. This has set them up as a major player in this arena and today DCS supports some major hyperscale customers like Amazon, Google and Facebook.