In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, flexibility is the key to success for modern organizations. The ever-changing needs and preferences of customers and partners demand adaptable IT solutions. In this dynamic environment, Open Compute and open networking emerge as powerful tools, offering organizations the flexibility they need to thrive. This whitepaper explores the core concepts of Open Compute and open networking, their advantages, and how they can shape a robust and future-ready IT environment.
Open Compute: A Brief Overview
The Open Compute Project (OCP) was born out of Facebook’s necessity to revamp its data center infrastructure in Prineville, Oregon, in 2011. Facebook’s exponential growth had pushed the boundaries of traditional IT infrastructure. The company’s engineers rose to the challenge and designed a groundbreaking data center that was not only more energy-efficient but also cost-effective compared to conventional counterparts.
Facebook’s hardware designs were made public in 2011, marking the inception of the Open Compute Project. Collaborating with industry giants like Rackspace, Goldman Sachs, and Andy Bechtolsheim, Facebook paved the way for OCP. Today, Open Compute has transcended its origins, with tech giants like Google and Microsoft adopting OCP hardware. Even banks, telecom operators, and numerous enterprises have embraced the power of Open Compute.
This surge in adoption is propelling the OCP market forward at an astounding pace. In 2017, non-OCP members spent approximately $1.16 billion on solutions based on OCP designs. By 2022, this figure is expected to skyrocket to an impressive $10.7 billion annually.
Circle B, in collaboration with Maincubes Secure Datacenters and Rittal, established the first OCP Experience Center in the AMS1 Maincubes Secure Datacenter. This pioneering move significantly contributed to the rapid spread and growing popularity of OCP technology.
Open Networking: The Path to Customization
In the realm of servers and storage, the decoupling of hardware and software has long been a norm. Open networking extends this practice into the intricate domain of networking. It enables organizations to select technologies that align perfectly with their business goals, internal workflows, and user demands from a vast pool of available IT resources.
The core principle of open networking revolves around collaborative development. Experts from various companies come together to create features, protocols, and procedures that are freely accessible to others. This shared effort drives efficiency across the supply chain, reducing both time and costs.
Key characteristics of open networking include the extensive use of open APIs, sharing open-source standards for both software and hardware, employing open-source networking devices and computing hardware, engaging in an open ecosystem that integrates with a diverse array of tools and hardware, and leveraging cloud-based technology.
Open networking is highly versatile, aiming to develop various IT solutions. Open communities like OCP and Linux go beyond specification development; they create hardware designs, software codes, and best practices for a wide and diverse audience.
The Four Key Advantages of Open Technology for Managed Service Providers (MSPs)
Open technology, encompassing Open Compute and open networking, holds immense promise for Managed Service Providers (MSPs). It empowers MSPs to offer a wide range of solutions, granting customers the freedom to choose and adapt as per their unique requirements. Here are the four primary benefits of integrating open technology into your MSP toolkit:
Unparalleled Flexibility and Freedom of Choice: Traditional MSPs often rely on in-house technologies or vendor-specific solutions, leading to compromises in customization. Open technology broadens the spectrum of available options. OCP-based hardware enables the downloading of existing designs for new product creation and customization. MSPs can combine ready-made products with bespoke designs, tailoring solutions to the specific needs of each client.
Cost Efficiency: Open technology can be remarkably cost-effective. Traditional solutions may include redundant features and components that organizations do not require. Open hardware simplifies optimization, allowing users to select and pay only for the features they need. This streamlines IT management and reduces complexity, resulting in significant cost savings.
Energy Efficiency: Energy conservation and sustainability are critical considerations in today’s world. OCP and open networking excel in this regard. OCP hardware is designed for energy efficiency, eliminating unnecessary components and features. By opting for energy-efficient technology, organizations not only reduce costs but also enhance their environmental responsibility, bolstering their brand image.
Collaboration Spurs Innovation: Open technology thrives on collaboration and knowledge-sharing. Communities like OCP and Linux foster collaborative projects, leading to the development of designs and solutions for specific use cases. This encourages innovation by welcoming new, software-based solutions and products, expanding the pool of high-quality IT options.
Circle B’s Commitment to Open Technology
At Circle B, we champion open infrastructures by providing Open Compute Project server infrastructure and related managed services across Europe. We offer tailored rack-scale server infrastructure and managed services, catering to the diverse needs of our customers.
The Role of Maincubes Secure Datacenters in Open Networking
Maincubes Secure Datacenters, a fully independent data center operator, shares our vision of a future built on open networking principles. With data centers in Amsterdam and Frankfurt am Main, Maincubes Secure Datacenters focuses on Open Compute, technical flexibility, data sovereignty, and sustainability. Their OCP-ready data center, Maincubes-AMS01, enhances performance and efficiency while aligning seamlessly with open networking principles.
Digital Realty Data Centers: A Global Hub for Your OCP Servers
We are pleased to announce that Circle B’s newly built OCP servers are hosted at Digital Realty Data Centers, the largest global platform of multi-tenant data center capacity. This strategic partnership underscores our commitment to providing top-tier services to our valued customers. Digital Realty Data Centers’ extensive reach and robust infrastructure ensure that our OCP servers are housed in a secure and reliable environment, further enhancing our ability to deliver innovative solutions.