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Microsoft embraces open source innovation for data centres at OCP 2017

At this week’s annual Open Compute Project Summit (OCP), many announcements are being made in the world of data centres from big companies such as Microsoft, Facebook and more.

However, this year Microsoft seems to have taken the lead with various partnerships with different companies to boost its open source innovations in the data centre.

The Open Compute Project is a foundation of various companies, who together share designs of data centre products to deploy advanced innovation.

The mission of the organisation is to design and boost the delivery of the most efficient server, storage and data centre hardware designs for scalable computing.

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Microsoft & AMD

To kick start its long list of partnerships, Microsoft announced its collaboration with AMD, which is dedicated to delivering open source cloud hardware combining AMD’s “Naples” processor together with Microsoft’s Project Olympus.

The very recent Project Olympus is an open source server hardware design, which was launched in October 2016. 

Read more: Microsoft and AMD partner to deliver open source cloud hardware

The company’s collaboration with the Open Compute Project is what brought about the release of the hardware development model.

AMD "Naples" processorDue to the influence the latest server had on the rest of the data centre industry, a partnership with AMD was a call to action.

Project Olympus combined with AMD’s “Naples” processor is designed to enable the updated cloud hardware design to adapt in order to meet the application demands of global data centre customers.

This is particularly significant as it accelerates hardware innovation back to the data centre, and most especially with the partnership being across an open source community, it deploys an easy-to-market selection of open source designs, while sparking a significant challenge to Intel’s dominance of the data centre industry.


Microsoft & Qualcomm

Microsoft partners with Qualcomm in plans to deliver ARM processors to data centre servers which run the Windows operating system.

This is centered around Qualcomm’s 10 nanometre Centriq 2400 platform sever solution, which will power Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.

Aside from this, the companies also plan to deliver multiple generations of hardware, software and systems.

ARM processorAlready, Microsoft has already begun running Windows server on ARM, but currently only for internal use.

The specifications for the server are based on Microsoft’s Project Olympus, and have been aided by being familiar with Qualcomm due to previous work that the two companies have done together on ARM-based server enablement.

Following this announcement, Qualcomm also confirmed that it has now formerly joined the Open Compute Project Foundation.

The announcement is particularly significant as the ARM processors are said to be specifically committed to the project.

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