Data center operators are looking to OCP equipment to help them solve energy efficiency challenges, and are seeking new vendors to help them.
Recently, OCP commissioned IHS Markit, a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions, to analyze the current and future state of data center efficiency in the European region, and how OCP equipment plays a role.
In March 2018, IHS Markit presented the results of a separate analysis and forecast of OCP adoption by non-board member companies worldwide at the annual US OCP Summit held each year in San Jose, CA. Among the findings, IHS Markit found that the growth rate of OCP non-board member company revenue will be in the high double digits, while the total market growth will remain in the low single digits, with significant growth and demand in the European region, due to the many demands and constraints on energy efficiency in the region. The full report can be found here: https://www.opencompute.org/files/Final-Delivery-IHS-Markit-OCP-Market-Impact-Study-for-Circulation-18-0227-cg.pdf
In response to the demand, the first annual 2018 Open Compute Project (OCP) Regional Summit will be held October 1 – 2 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Summit will bring together key decision makers, executives, engineers, developers and suppliers in developing regions where OCP is experiencing significant demand and adoption.
- Keynote presentations focusing on issues specific to the European region
- Engineering Workshops featuring in-depth discoveries from project groups
- Expo Hall packed with the latest OCP hardware & software offerings
IHS Markit will present the complete findings of the research, as well as a case study from the London Internet Exchange (LINX) at the upcoming Regional Summit in Amsterdam.
Among the preliminary findings of the research:
- Improvements to address cooling, optimization and virtualization, and the use of OCP servers were among the most used efforts to improve data center efficiency
- Two-thirds of respondents are looking to OCP equipment for energy reduction
- System integrators play an important role in helping organizations determine solutions to address energy efficiency
- Opportunities abound for new vendors to help them address these key issues – 65% of the respondents are considering alternative vendors to their current supply chain
- A lack of support from current vendors, legacy equipment and budget are current barriers to faster adoption
- Research & development dollars are being deployed to efficiency research
- The industry still lacks quantification of potential savings
“Most respondents are still focusing their data center energy-efficiency efforts on improving cooling, given that it can account for up to half of a data center’s energy costs,” said Liz Cruz, associate director of data center and IoT research at IHS Markit. “But the next frontier, beyond cooling, will be to address how to use compute more efficiently – maximizing it for parallel compute intensive applications like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).”
Sponsor and speaking opportunities are still available for the OCP Regional summit, but sponsor sales end August 24. Registration is currently open for attendance. All the details for the event can be found here: https://www.opencompute.org/summit/regional-summit-2018
Source: IHS Markit, Technology Group, European Data Center Energy-Efficiency Study, 2018. Results are not an endorsement of the OCP. Any reliance on these results is at the third party’s own risk. Visit technology.ihs.com for more details.