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EMC and ARM join Facebook's Open Compute Project

16 Jan 2013

SANTA CLARA: EMC and ARM are two of the new organizations joining the Open Compute Project (OCP) at this year's OCP Summit.

Heavy hitters in the storage market like Fusion-IO, Hitachi and Sandisk were also announced to be joining up with OCP. Microprocessor firms including ARM, Calxeda, and Tilera have also joined the initiative.

"This is a consumer-led organisation. Consumers are smart, we know what we need and we know what we want," said chairman of the OCP and Facebook vice president of hardware design and supply chain operations Frank Frankovsky at the OCP Summit.

The new additions to the OCP will look to add their expertise to the group's mission of bringing an open hardware platform to the datacentre space. Along with its existing partners, the OCP hopes to promote a datacentre hardware system that uses co-operation as a means to create innovation in the sector.

Facebook started the group two years ago in an effort to improve its own datacentre hardware. The group is currently led by Facebook executive Frankovsky.

The OCP aims to remove the "monolith designs" of current datacentre systems and disaggregate some of the technology to make it easier to upgrade servers.

The group currently has companies like Intel, AMD, and AppliedMicro in its staple of partners. With the new additions OCP adds partners from both the processor and storage sectors.

Announcements of the partnerships were made at the fourth OCP Summit. In years past, the OCP has held other Summits in places like San Antonio, TX and Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park.

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