Many industry trends are driving the need for the massive scaling and performance increases provided by open source hardware and software. For example, the industry is rapidly moving toward a more software-centric model, wireless capacity for 5G is currently limited, and there is an explosion of devices that require massive scaling. OCP and the resulting ecosystem forming inside
Highlights / Key Facts
- The open source platform will provide an environment for true innovation across hardware and software, and enables access to the dense ecosystem of networks and cloud service providers inside
Equinixdata centers. Equinixis home to more than 1,100 network providers, as well as 500-plus cloud service providers, which gives customers a broad choice of providers in any of Equinix's40 global markets. In total, Platform Equinix hosts more than 6,300 customers, each of them potential customers or partners in developing new solutions or new routes into untapped markets.
- This open source platform will be powered by the Mesosphere Datacenter Operating System (DCOS), which is based on the proven Apache Mesos architecture that is used in production today, at very large scale, by some of the world's biggest and most innovative companies. DCOS is an ideal fit for Open Compute equipment because it aggregates all data center resources into a single pool; automatically schedules workloads wherever they can fit; and simplifies the process of managing complex systems such as Apache Spark, Apache Kafka and HDFS. This approach increases utilization and slashes energy bills, while also improving both development and operational efficiency. Placing DCOS in
Equinixdata centers will help users achieve their goals around hybrid cloud environments and IoT program applications, by enabling them to build their application infrastructure once and deploy it anywhere. Equinixrecently joined the OCP Telco Projectalong with several leading network providers. Since it was founded five years ago, OCP has brought new levels of openness to data center technology, and momentum is continuing to build around open source contributions for networking, servers, storage, and Open Rack. The Open Compute Projecthas been proven to reduce costs and provide a catalyst for innovation. In fact,
Ihab Tarazi, CTO, Equinix:
"We are thrilled to be working in close partnership with
Jason Taylor, Chairman and President of the Open Compute Project Foundation, and VP of Infrastructure,
"The OCP community works best when there is strong collaboration between companies, and that's why I think the work on this open architecture for software and hardware is so important. I look forward to seeing how the use of OCP technology like Wedge open network switches helps
Equinixbetter meet the needs of enterprises." Tobi Knaup, CTO, Mesosphere:
The Open Compute Projecthas done an amazing job bringing next-generation data center designs to enterprise users, and Mesosphere is doing the same for webscale software with our Datacenter Operating System. Through our partnership with Equinixand Andy Lawrence, Research VP, Datacenter Technologies and Eco-efficient IT, 451 Research:
"As ever more people and devices come online around the globe, sharing data-intensive content, it is vital that the infrastructure and platforms are in place to support the demanding performance needs of IoT.
Equinix'sinvolvement in OCP and its plans to create an open source ecosystem inside its global platform of data centers, is exactly the kind of initiative that is needed. It will place the company in a position to better respond to the needs of enterprises as they tackle the burgeoning possibilities of IoT."
- An Innovation Platform: Equinix Joins the
Open Compute Project[blog post]
- Equinix Uses Facebook Technology to Build an Open Source-Based Ecosystem [blog post]
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