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Inspur Advances Open Compute Project With New Rack Servers

Thursday Oct 4th 2018 by Sean Michael Kerner

Open Compute Project (OCP) standards-based designs debut for search, data and NFV acceleration workloads.

Datacenter server vendor Inspur is advancing its portfolio with the new OCP Standard Rack Server solution.

The Open Compute Project (OCP) is a multi-stakeholder effort to define and develop open standards-based computing platforms. Among the OCP's standards is the Open Rack, which was first proposed back in 2012. With Open Rack, server racks were widened to 21 inches from what had been the standard 19 inches.Inspur OCP

The new Inspur OCP Standard Rack Server solutions have multiple node configurations, including: Node 1, which is designed for search engine acceleration; Node 2 for data acceleration; Node 3 for Network Function Virtualization (NFV);  and finally a storage node that has been optimized for high-density storage. The compute nodes provide 16 DDR4 DIMM slots and can support up to 4TB of memory.

"OCP is not only just the specification," John Hu, CTO of Inspur, told ServerWatch. "We help build the ecosystem and contribute our solutions, our products and our design." Hu said Inspur builds the design base to help reduce the technical cost and lower technical threshold for OCP technology. He added that by doing so, Inspur is making it possible for tier2 or tier3 data centers to deploy and benefit from OCP and help to enhance the OCP ecosystem.  

OCP originally started as a Facebook-led effort, with adoption in tier1 hyperscale datacenters. OCP-based designs have had a broad impact on the datacenter market in recent years. In March, an analysis from IHS Markit reported that the OCP project has had $1 billion of impact in 2017 on the data center market.

Redfish OCP Baseline

Among the new OCP Standard Servers is a configuration that has been designed with what is known as the Redfish OCP Baseline profile.  

Hu explained that large-scale, hyper-scale data centers have always faced technical challenges in management and operation and maintenance. He add that servers and other equipment from different suppliers, closed-source BMC and various standards of related software packages bring many technical obstacles to unified management.                

"OpenBMC and Redfish are considered as the management technology and standard for next-generation data centers," Hu said. "Inspur has been tracking the convergence of OpenBMC and Redfish and is the first to complete this work."

The OCP-certified San Jose node is the world's first product certified by the Redfish OCP Baseline Profile, according to Hu. Inspur also developed a fully functional version of OpenBMC that complies with the Redfish standard, making OpenBMC a modular, standardized total solution.

"Except for Top-level Internet companies, other data center operators do not have management solution development capabilities," Hu said. "This product provides the necessary technical prerequisites for the transformation of traditional data centers into large-scale and hyper-scale data centers."

Overall, Hu said Inspur has long been a keen advocate of open source technology.

"The core value of open computing is to reduce the technical cost and lower technical threshold, so as to have stronger competitiveness and vitality," Hu said. "The development of open computing is gradually changing the needs of data centers—from traditional standardization to open technology-based customization."

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

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