Open Source Hardware to drive Reinvention of an efficient Data Center

By April 2020Data Center, News

Open Source Hardware to drive Reinvention of an efficient Data Center

Open Source Hardware to drive Reinvention of an efficient Data Center

Data centers have been springing up at an accelerated rate since the rise of Internet and Cloud based companies storing billions of gigabytes of information. In Southeast Asia, the rise in demand has been matched with a rise in supply, and what we see today is a competitive market with both international and homegrown data center providers. This leads to cost reduction and power efficiency becoming the key drivers of adopting new technology and best practices. 

Open Compute Project (OCP) vanity free open source hardware has been adopted by the world’s Telecommunications Service Providers to “Cloudify” their infrastructure for supporting tomorrow’s technologies of  5G, IoT and Smart Cities. This transformation to open source technologies has produced 70% CAPEX reductions and more than 50% OPEX reductions.

OCP servers also use 50% less energy than traditional proprietary enterprise servers and we will highlight how companies are aligning energy efficiency targets with their use of open source hardware.  Furthermore, the drivers of adoption of OCP are growing more diverse – cost reduction and power efficiency are still the biggest reasons why, but the market is now realising that feature flexibility and conformance to those specifications approved by OCP provide a measure of “comfort” to the market.

Bringing OCP benefits into Southeast Asia

OCP benefits have been realized especially in Europe, the US, Japan, South Korea and more. In line with sustainability efforts being encouraged in Southeast Asia, OCP and W.Media will jointly run a series of webinars to educate innovators further on the technology developments and benefits founded by the OCP communities in the world, and the current projects going on in Southeast Asia. 

In the first webinar session of the three-part series, Steve Helvie from the non profit Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation will tell the story of how the open source model is being used for servers, storage and network hardware, plus highly optimised low cost energy-efficient data centers. Steve will also provide an overview of the OCP Foundation which started in 2011 and now has a worldwide community of thousands of engineers working on common solutions within the data center, and beyond. 

More information about the speakers

Steve is currently the VP of Channel for the Open Compute Project (OCP).  In this role he helps to educate organisations on the benefits of open hardware designs and the value of “community-driven” engineering for the data centre. He works closely with Solution Providers and Manufacturers to help organisations adopt Open Compute across all regions and segments of the market.

Dharmesh Jani (‘DJ’) has been an active member of OCP since 2012. DJ has over 20+ years of experience in various roles spanning engineering, product management, and business strategy. He started his career at Rockwell Science Center designing ultra-high speed circuits in CMOS, subsequently as a system designer he designed the first terrestrial FEC based optical transmission system at Corvis Systems. As a product manager at Semtech, he introduced the world’s first coherent 100G MUX for ultra-long-haul transport systems. Prior to joining Facebook, DJ led the cloud transformation for the biggest business unit at Flex. He was instrumental in bringing Flex into OCP and via founding of CloudLabs team, building core competencies within Flex to launch a cloud business unit. In his current role at Facebook, he is responsible for leading OCP and other open technologies, working with stakeholders inside and outside Facebook. Earlier in his career, he held roles at Infinera and Intel among others listed above. DJ is based out of Menlo Park, CA and is looking forward to working with the OCP Community and leadership team to continue the drive towards more open infrastructure.

Join the 45-minute webinar session, titled “Open Source Hardware and the Creative Destruction of the Data Center”, that will take place at 11am (Singapore time) on 8th April 2020. Pre-registration is required, and limited slots are available – register today via this link.


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