OCP Use Case: Transforming Enterprises – The Yahoo! JAPAN and ING Bank Journey

Unlocking Savings and Efficiency with Open Compute Project

In the ever-evolving landscape of enterprise technology, adaptability and efficiency are paramount. The Open Compute Project (OCP) has emerged as a game-changer for companies worldwide, offering cost savings and operational enhancements that redefine the way organizations manage their infrastructure. In this use case, we delve into the OCP journeys of two major players: Yahoo! JAPAN and ING Bank.

Yahoo! JAPAN's OCP Journey

Yahoo! JAPAN embarked on its OCP journey in 2016, adopting Leopard (OCPv1) for a single site. Building on the success of their initial adoption, they expanded further:


Effectiveness of OCP Adoption at Yahoo! JAPAN

The results of Yahoo! JAPAN’s OCP adoption have been nothing short of remarkable:

  1. CAPEX Saving:

    • A staggering 29% reduction in server unit cost.
    • An 18% reduction in rack cost (excluding OPEX).
  2. Operational Efficiency and Enhanced Relationships:

    • Streamlined operations by eliminating Rail/Tools/Rear-Ops.
    • Enhanced manufacturer relationships through OCP-style collaboration.

Cost Reduction Metrics:

  • Server Unit Cost: Reduced by 0.19 points.
  • Rack Cost (including Server/Rack/PowerShelf/Cable/L11-expenses): Decreased server unit price by 0.29 points.

How Yahoo! JAPAN Achieved CAPEX Savings:

  1. Tight Relationships: Establishing direct relationships with ODM/Key Commodity Suppliers via OCP SP improved distribution and price control transparency.

  2. Maturity of JP Market: The entry of more OCP vendors into the Japanese market increased competition, driving down costs.

OPEX Savings Before and After:

  • Before OCP adoption: Not measurable.
  • After considering OCP in facility layout: Measureable.
  • OCP adoption created a fair environment to validate OPEX, involving the facility team.

Operation and Relationship Enhancements:

  • Reduced operational steps for data center staff.
  • Minimized racking troubles.
  • Decreased compatibility issues with server components.
  • Improved failure rate and failure feedback loop.

Challenges in Yahoo! JAPAN’s OCP Adoption:

  • Unique Facility Specifications: Japan’s data center had specific requirements not commonly met by L11 delivery.
  • Internal Coordination: Required organization-wide collaboration for procurement, causing concerns about serviceability and business requirements.
  • OCP Adoption Barriers: OCP’s delivery timeframes didn’t align with server demand.

Future Plans for Yahoo! JAPAN:

  • Expanding OCP Infrastructure to capitalize on CAPEX and operational benefits.
  • Estimating OPEX with FY2019 facility improvements.
  • Fostering stronger relationships with end-users and vendors.
  • Addressing remaining OCP adoption challenges, including delivery times and internal coordination.

ING Bank's OCP Transformation: A Journey to Efficiency

Reimagining Application Architecture with Open Compute Project

In the fast-paced world of banking, innovation and efficiency are non-negotiable. ING Bank’s transformative journey with the Open Compute Project (OCP) began as a conversation about rethinking their application architecture. This journey was marked by key milestones that paved the way for a more agile and cost-effective IT infrastructure.

A New Approach Takes Shape

The OCP journey for ING Bank started with discussions about a fresh approach to application architecture. These discussions involved various vendors and laid the foundation for a significant shift in vendor relationships.

The OCP Era Begins

In the first quarter of 2016, ING Bank entered a crucial phase of its OCP journey. This period witnessed internal research into microarchitecture and the arrival of OCP hardware at the ING Bank data center during Q4 2016 and Q1 2017.

Proof of Concept (POC)

The next step involved an intensive hardware testing phase, which led to the inception of a Proof of Concept (POC). As part of this process, ING Bank made a significant move by attending the OCP US summit in 2017, gaining valuable insights and expertise.

Q2 and Q4 2017: A Pause

While Q2 and Q4 2017 were relatively quiet in terms of activities, ING Bank was gearing up for the next phase of its OCP journey.

Q3 2018: Citrix Users Migration Process

Q3 2018 marked a crucial turning point as ING Bank initiated the Citrix Users Migration Process. This process was driven by a clear understanding of market trends, particularly the migration of the Citrix XenDesktop environment.

The Citrix Platform Transformation

The central focus of this transformation was the Citrix platform, where ING Bank was poised to make a significant impact. The goals were clear:

  • Enhance user experiences.
  • Improve Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
  • Simplify the environment.

Testing and Results

To achieve these objectives, ING Bank tested the new OCP hardware, including Facebook Yosemite servers and the QCT Rackgo X Yosemite Valley, which was V2 Rack OCP compatible. What set this approach apart was its commitment to bare metal architecture, devoid of virtualization.

The results were striking:

  • With Yosemite servers, user density reached an impressive 62% density compared to 11 virtual machines.
  • The introduction of new hardware layers and a more suitable Citrix environment architecture resulted in a remarkable -35% TCO reduction and a -30% improvement in operations (source: OCP Summit 2018 in Amsterdam).

ING Bank’s OCP journey underscores the transformative power of OCP hardware and its potential to revolutionize the banking industry by driving efficiency, cost savings, and improved user experiences.


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