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Open-Source Cloud Hardware Grows Up Fast

Open Compute Project picks up key new members, sets more ambitious goals, and shows its multi-faceted, multi-chip side at annual summit.

Facebook's Prineville, Ore., datacenter. (Source: Wikimedia Commons.)
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cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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1/30/2014 | 6:38:31 PM
Seattle is a system on a chip
I refer to AMD's Seattle as a motherboard. It's more accurately described as a system on a chip, or a CPU with special added features, such as its Freedom Fabric that can connect it directly to 5 petabytes of disk. Seattle will be sampled in the first quarter, generally available in the second half. It is a 64-bit ARM Cortex CPU with eight cores, to be followed by a 16-core version.
ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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1/30/2014 | 4:38:15 PM
Re: Open Compute will disrupt, yes, but where?
The willingness to experiment with new approaches seems very high, which plays to these new models. Companies see the chance for a private cloud architecture that's more flexible, responsive, and cheaper. Does Open Compute help them get there? That needs to be the story if OCP is going to move beyond the web and banking giants. 
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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1/30/2014 | 4:22:22 PM
Re: Intel's server share
>By 2019, ARM will command 25% of the server market

Time to start a fund to give coats to data center workers? Without all the heat those x86 servers throw off, it could get downright chilly in the server rows.
cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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1/30/2014 | 1:58:25 PM
Open Compute will disrupt, yes, but where?
Laurie, You're right. Disruption in the server market is the goal. It's not clear whether Open Compute will achieve it exactly the way that it's amining to. The Open Compute storage and networking projects are catching a marketplace that is more calcified than servers. Intel, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Cisco and Fujitsu will remain formidable server makers and competitors.
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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1/30/2014 | 1:10:40 PM
Intel's server share
"By 2019, ARM will command 25% of the server market". Boy that seems pretty out there to me. Just because Intel is hot on wearables and Internet of Things does not mean it will let that kind of server marketshare slide. Still, the level of disruption in the server marketplace right now is stunning.
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