HP will sell made-for-Facebook servers to others if volume permits

Coyote and Coyote 2 servers designed to support Open Compute specs

2 May 2012 by Yevgeniy Sverdlik - DatacenterDynamics

HP will sell made-for-Facebook servers to others if volume permits
Motherboard for Intel-based Open Compute servers. Courtesy of the Open Compute Foundation.

While HP has no plans to make servers it designed exclusively for Facebook available on the general market, the company will not say no to another customer that wants the servers and needs a large enough value.

Glenn Keels, director of marketing at HP, told us the vendor would evaluate each customer enquiry about its Coyote and Coyote 2 servers individually.

“Only customers with large volume requirements of similar nodes are appropriate initial candidates for these platforms,” Keels wrote in an email.

Designs of the two Coyote server platforms were based on Facebook specifications that have since been contributed to the Open Compute Project. Both servers are based on HP’s eighth-generation ProLiant platform and include Intel’s latest Xeon E5-series processors.

“They are built for Hyperscale environments, with a mulit-server per unit configuration and individual-node serviceability,” Keels wrote.

The servers also support Open Compute’s specifications for dual-input power requirements: for 277v and 48v power supplies.

Coyote 2 is the first server to comply with new data center rack specs Facebook has released as part of the Open Compute Project – its initiative to open-source data center hardware and physical infrastructure design.

While based on Open Compute specs, actual Coyote server designs have not been open-sourced through Open Compute or in any other way. While acknowledging value of participating in the project, Keels was vague on specifics of HP’s involvement.

“As the Open Compute Project and community continue to evolve, HP sees increasing opportunity to collaborate and drive customer-inspired innovations,” he wrote.

The Open Compute Foundation held a summit to discuss progress of the open-source project Wednesday at Rackspace headquarters in San Antonio, Texas.

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