Open19 Data Centers Pick Up Steam
By Jessica Lyons Hardcastle, SDxCentral
In the latest victories for open source data center proponents, server suppliers including Gigabyte, Celestica, Flex, and Inspur are developing products that are compliant with the Open19 Foundation’s standard.
“We have seven types of production servers available for testing, which will go to production in the next few months,” said LinkedIn’s Yuval Bachar, president and chairman of the Open19 Foundation board of directors. “And to make it very easy to consume that technology, we are working to create a marketplace on our website to showcase the Open19 technology.”
Also, data center operator New Continuum Holdings earlier this month joined the Open19 Foundation with plans to “integrate this new technology into our service capabilities,” according to a statement from New Continuum Chairman and CEO Eli Scher.
It’s been a busy past year for the group, which launched in May 2017.
The Open19 Foundation grew out of the open data center concept that LinkedIn started in 2016 to create an open platform that can fit any 19-inch rack environment. In addition to LinkedIn, founding members include GE Digital, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Flex, and Vapor IO.
It now counts 24 hardware and software vendors as members, plus another 26 prospective companies that it hopes to transition to full-fledged members by the end of the year.
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