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Why Open Compute Is a Win For Rackspace 46

Posted by timothy
from the more-space dept.
1sockchuck writes "Cloud provider Rackspace is looking to the emerging open source hardware ecosystem to transform its data centers. The cloud provider spends $200 million a year on servers and storage, and sees the Open Compute Project as the key to reducing its costs on hardware design and operations. Rackspace is keen on the potential of the new Open Rack program, and its buying power is motivating HP and Dell to develop for the new standard — partly because Rackspace has also been talking with original design manufacturers like Quantra and Wistron. It's an early look at how open source hardware could have a virtuous impact on the server economy. 'I think the OEMs were not very interested (in Open Compute) initially,' said Rackspace COO Mark Roenigk. 'But in the last six months they have become really focused.'"
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Why Open Compute Is a Win For Rackspace

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  • "$200,000,000 on hardware"

    Wow!

    Gasp.

  • by amiga3D (567632)

    Funny how money makes people focus.

  • This article is garbage. Slashvertisement for rack space?
  • by digitaltraveller (167469) on Thursday May 24, 2012 @08:46PM (#40105787) Homepage

    Obvious benefit. Where do I buy opencompute servers from? Does anyone sell them yet? I'm outfitting a dc server cabinet in the near future.

  • by dhammabum (190105) on Thursday May 24, 2012 @08:46PM (#40105789)

    They have some really good ideas for rack/server design - eg they reckon they are getting 34% power saving by supplying 12V DC to buses in the racks so servers don't need individual power supplies and with improved cooling paths.

    Manufacturers won't standardise unless they are pushed like rackspace is doing. This is a big advance.

    • by Bengie (1121981)
      I would love to have a 12v server. UPS is just an individual battery and/or a battery bank.
  • "Open Rack" (Score:5, Funny)

    by antifoidulus (807088) on Thursday May 24, 2012 @08:52PM (#40105815) Homepage Journal
    Why is it so many open source projects sound like names for run down strip clubs?
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      /. should just come clean and rename "Overrated" to "I disagree"

      But they already have 'troll' and 'flamebait' for 'I disagree.'

      • by ebuck (585470)

        /. should just come clean and rename "Overrated" to "I disagree"

        But they already have 'troll' and 'flamebait' for 'I disagree.'

        For some, they can never disagree enough. I'm surprised there arent more tags to say "You're wrong!"

      • Yeah, but those can be meta-modded so they are rarely used to say "I disagree"

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