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Colos: Prepare yourself for the OCP storm!

There’s about to be a perfect storm. 5G is around the corner and is going to feed the Internet of Things (IoT) and make it grow from the adolescence of communicating fridges and domestic heating systems, to a fully grown giant that will make cities smart, cars driverless and usher 50 billion smart devices into a fully connected world.

It’s no coincidence that in January this year the world’s leading telcos joined the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation and OCP created TIP - the Telecom Infrastructure Project.

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Handling Open Compute hardware

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Unlocking telecoms

Telcos have realised that the only way to deal with the compute, energy and financial demands of next generation infrastructure is to move away from locked in proprietary systems and go down the open hardware and open software route. A route that has been initiated, championed and implemented by the OCP Foundation.

Telcos are going to be pushing ‘micro data centers’ to the edge. There will be containerised OCP data centers, built  within a short radius of mobile phone basestations.

Thousands of them.

But this isn’t always going to be possible. Telcos will need a lot of additional resource to deliver the required geographic granular distributed coverage throughout whole city centres.

Equinix, the provider that calls itself the ‘home of the cloud’, joined TIP just a few weeks ago. It uses OCP hardware and standards in some of its data center space and does this primarily to service the requirements of the telcos. But this still isn’t going to be anywhere near enough white space to fulfil the requirement.

This is where you come in.

What you’ll need

  • An open mind
  • Space in your data centers to hold OCP hardware, open switches and networks.

What you won’t need:

  • Centralised UPS
  • Expensive vendor lock-ins
  • Battery rooms

Want to learn more?

In November 2015, DCProfessional Development (DCPro) created the world’s first OCP Foundation endorsed Open Compute Project overview course.

By March 2016 we had to rip it up and write it again after the latest innovations announced at the OCP Summit in Silicon Valley, California. Things really are moving that fast.

The course has expanded from one day to two days, and will always be 100 percent up to date, even if we don’t have time to change the slides beforehand!

We will be running a course tailored for colocation providers, introducing you to OCP, and giving you a comprehensive understanding of how you can be part of the revolution.

The Open Compute Project (OCP) Awareness Course is offered by DCPro

Andy Strain is senior sales consultant at DC Professional Development






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  • Andy, thanks for bringing up the colos and OCP in the same blog. It amazes me how few colos are aware of the massive infrastructure buildouts savings can be made whilst preparing their facilities for OCP. I read recently that Volta are expanding their data centre colo facilities in London and I predict that though ignorance they shall be doing things the Traditional way yet again which shall a) cost them more than needed, and b) make their data centres incompatible for what's coming next......OCP open source hardware without On-board PSU's.

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  • Burning need for OCP-ready providers. Absolutely.

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  • Andy, I'm in total agreement with you in that the colo community should embrace and be open to supporting the upcoming requirements of the Telcos by starting to plan now to accommodate OCP kit in their DCs.

    Two other bullet points I would suggest adding to your " What you'll need" are "3 phase AC power to the cabinet" and "Join the OCP Community"

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