1. How open compute cuts server costs in the enterprise

    The open compute project (OCP) means you can get the designs that Microsoft, Facebook and (to a lesser extent) Google use for their data centers.  The goal is to get original design manufacturers (ODMs) to build them for you rather than buying standard servers and switches from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).  Six years on, it’s still mainly the largest of companies with the largest of data centers that are buying OCP designs, Forrester principal analyst Richard Fichera tells CIO.com. “Some of the larger financial services and large manufacturers are actively implementing OCP designs or OCP-like designs.”

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    1. When OCP started, almost all the major server vendors had what they called value product lines; systems that were stripped down and a little less expensive, with specs that were a little lighter all the way round, from connectors to power supply efficiency.
    2. A lot of the OCP designs were too wild and crazy for enterprise data centers, but they have some very mainstream 2U two socket designs with very standard server specs now and that's trickled out into the industry.
    3. The difference between enterprise-class servers and a high-volume cloud server could be as much as 20 percent.
    4. The rationale behind the decision is that they weren't ready, for that price difference, to take the risk of what it means to be supported by a company like Quanta.
    5. Systems continue to exhibit big jumps in capacity in terms of performance per server; every generation of the base semiconductors has become more power efficient and both system vendors and CPU vendors have become more focused on power efficiency.
    6. Build me this but without this component, without that component, without this management agent; basically, build me a lower-cost version of this server.
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