The Open Compute Project seeks to provide scalable compute resources and infrastructure in an open manner, aligning with open source tenets.
In a scale compute environment there is a tipping point where the demands of “scaling” introduce multifaceted problems with supply chain activities that require substantial time and investment to manage. Operational costs and component life cycles have posed barriers to operational efficiency and capital costs; the approach of tailoring hardware designs to reduce complexity and maximize efficiency is a viable means of offsetting some of this cost.
The Virtual IO group believes that being able to combine and re-combine resources such as compute, memory, networking and storage (to name the most pressing) to fit a required need offers a new path to obtain greater efficiency. In short, Virtual IO has the ability to reduce the support burden, reduce the time to deliver a usable IT framework, and reduce the financial overhead of operating at scale; and do so utilizing open standards that are consistent in approach and application.