Open Compute Project

Open Compute Project Foundation Reaches Important Milestones

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 · Posted by at 10:58 AM

As we wrap up the results from the recent 2017 Open Compute Annual Summit, we want to share an update on several important milestones that have been reached by the Foundation this year.

  • OCP has established an open source HW ecosystem with more than 4,000 technical professionals actively engaged in OCP projects.
  • The Community has now grown to more than 200 organizational members, representing the very top echelon of technology players.
  • OCP has established a governance process that has enabled rapid growth and scalability of the Community.
  • OCP has established an IP contribution process with 85 IP contributions to-date, and growing.
  • OCP has significantly grown adoption and usage of hardware based on OCP principles, beyond board member companies to member companies.
  • OCP has established product trademarks and brand protection for in order to further protect the Community and its assets.

The 2017 Annual Summit saw a measureable increase in attendance, with nearly 3,000 technology leaders and influencers converging on the Santa Clara Convention Center in early March. More than 100 sessions were featured, including Keynotes, Executive Tracks, an Expo Hall with more than 100 sponsors and exhibitors, and in-depth Engineering Workshops representing each of the different project groups.

OCP looks to build on these successes in the future with the acceleration of the OCP marketplace to drive adoption and investigating how member companies can work together to forecast specific workload trends and needs to accelerate the creation of new components and the evolution of existing technologies.

OCP also is pleased to welcome new directors John Engates of Rackspace and Joshua Matheus of Goldman Sachs. OCP thanks the contribution of the original board directors, with special thanks to those that have stepped down, including Frank Frankovsky, founder and original chairperson, Mark Roenigk of Rackspace, and Don Duet of Goldman Sachs.

Thank you for your continued support and involvement, and we look forward to increasing our impact on the industry and your organization in the upcoming months and years.

Find out more about you can participate in the OCP Community at:

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Amber has worked tirelessly with the Foundation volunteer leaders, members, project participants and the OCP team to deliver on its promise of creating a collaborative environment that fosters innovation in the datacenter industry.

The community has flourished under Amber’s guidance through membership, project participation, IP contributions and adoption of both OCP Hardware and Software.

  • There are now 9 top level projects and 9 subprojects
  • Membership has grown to over 200 organization members
  • There are 23 mailing lists with more than 5,500 subscribers
  • Our Facebook group has grown to more than 9,000 members
  • There are 9 Foundation employees

“OCP could not have achieved the momentum and success that it has without Amber’s unending commitment to creating a truly open and collaborative community,” stated Rocky Bullock, CEO for the Open Compute Project Foundation.

Through her strong will and determination, and uncompromising commitment, the OCP Community is now looked at as a shining example of how to effectively build an open community that can truly foster innovation for the better. Our membership, governance and process models are seen as a game changer to the way open communities are being managed and governed.

"’Thank you’ to my teammates, the community leadership team and to the community. Without each of you supporting and participating the OCP Community would not be what it is today.  Together we’ve grow one of the most awesome open communities in, near and around the data center ecosystem. I am honored to have gotten the opportunity to work and collaborate with each over you over past 3.5 years. It’s been one heck of a ride!” stated Graner.

Amber will remain an Advisor to the OCP Foundation, and continue participating in the networking group in her new role as the Community Manager for SnapRoute. She will continue to serve the Foundation until May 1, 2017 to ensure a smooth transition.

The Open Compute Foundation is currently seeking to fill the position of Community Manager, in order to build on the momentum created in this critical role. Referrals and candidate submissions can be sent to Rocky Bullock at  

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Light Reading's Big Communications Event (BCE) will be held in Austin, Texas on May 15-17. BCE unites next-gen communications providers for real-world discussions of the issues critical to their future, including virtualization, cloud, next-gen wireless and back office transformation. BCE delivers across the broad landscape of the telecom sector: networks of all kinds, data centers, cloud service providers, the booming IoT market, video service evolution and more.

This year's event will feature five pre-event workshops taking place on Monday, May 15 prior to the two-day conference on May 16 and 17.

The Open Compute Project Telco Engineering Workshop

OCP will host a Telco Engineering Workshop – these are working sessions that are meant to be technical in nature and are designed to allow the OCP Project Communities to come together to work on the goals and set the direction of each project as it supports the mission and vision of the OCP Foundation. These Engineering Workshops are designed to encourage, empower and inspire the OCP community to communicate, collaborate and contribute!

Monday, 15 May 2017 1 pm - 5 pm



15 min

Welcome & Open Remarks

Bill Carter, CTO, Open Compute Foundation


15 min

Carrier Grade Open Rack Architecture (CG-OpenRack-19)

Andrew Alleman, CTO, Radisys


15 min

What’s next for open hardware standards– intentions, call for participation, Community involvement and coordinate

Andrew Alleman, CTO, Radisys

Bill Carter, CTO, Open Compute Foundation


30 min.

Commercial products in the OCP pipeline

Jeff Sharpe, Sr. Product Manager, ADLink

Andrew Alleman, CTO, Radisys


30 min.

Panel Discussion on Telco/Operator sourcing models and ecosystem


30 min.

Updates from community:   POC’s, deployments, and disaggregation

AT&T, Radisys, ADLink, TBD


15 min.



30 min

Open Hardware Specifications from AT&T

Tom Anschutz, Distinguished Member of Tech Staff, AT&T


30 min

Universal CPE (uCPE)

Tom Anschutz, Distinguished Member of Tech Staff, AT&T


30 min.

Closing Remarks or Open Panel Discussion

The OCP Telco Engineering workshop is free for all attendees, but registration is required. The workshop can be added onto any Big Communications Event pass.

Register here

  • BCE provides complimentary admission for verified employees of service providers, operators, financial & educational institutions, utilities, and government agencies. 
  • OPNFV members will receive complimentary or discounted tickets to the event based on their business demographic. Members use the discount code VIPOCP.
  • Non-qualifying members can receive 30% off all pass types. 

To view the agendas, participating speakers and event details for these workshops, visit this link.

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