Why Rackspace Is Bringing POWER to Its Data Centers

Monday Aug 15th 2016 by Sean Michael Kerner
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[VIDEO] John Engates, CTO of Rackspace, discusses the opportunities the OpenPOWER architecture brings.

Like many data center operators around the world, Rackspace today relies heavily if not exclusively on x86-based server systems. It's a situation that is changing, though, with Rackspace working on an effort to bring Power-based systems into the fold.

Rackspace first announced it was joining the IBM-led OpenPOWER Foundation in December 2014. Since then Rackspace has been working in various ways to bring OpenPOWER-based technologies into its operations.

In a video interview, Rackspace CTO John Engates talks about his company's evolving data center model and how Power might fit in.

"Some of the power of OpenPower is the fact that it's open hardware so we can do things like add accelerators, FPGAs and other devices that allow us to expand the processor performance in ways that are non-traditional," Engates said. "It's not just about more cycles or cores."

"It's substantial in the opportunity for innovation around the architecture as well," he added.

Watch the full video interview with John Engates below:

 

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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