Intel collaborates to unleash the Digital Services Economy at Open Compute Summit

You could call it the Power of 3. Intel, Microsoft and Facebook are driving major advances in the Open Compute Project. Some of these gains took center stage at the OCP European Summit in late October.

In his keynote address, Intel GM Billy Cox detailed how Intel and Facebook engineers worked together to deliver the new Honey Badger storage server for the Facebook photo storage tier. With its remarkably low power draw, this new storage server, based on the Intel® Atom™ processor C2000, will help Facebook store more than 400 billion photos in a cost-effective manner. For a more detailed account of this feat, watch the video “Unleashing Digital Services: Facebook Discusses Meeting Storage Demands.”

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In other news at the summit, Microsoft announced the contribution of the second-generation Open CloudServer (OCSv2) specification to the OCP. Through a collaborative engineering effort, Intel and Microsoft developed a board to go into OCSv2 that features a dual-processor design, built on Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processors, enabling 28 cores of compute power per blade. Systems based on the OCSv2 and Intel® Xeon® E5v3 processors are designed to set a new high watermark for performance per watt per dollar.

As these efforts show, Intel is deeply committed to the Open Compute Project and its efforts to drive industry innovation by sharing specifications and best practices for high efficiency data center infrastructure. You can expect the future to bring more of the same.

Raejeanne Skillern is Intel’s General Manager of Cloud Service Provider Business