Today, Microsoft Corporation joined the Open Compute Project (OCP), contributing hardware and software specifications, management APIs and protocols, mechanical CAD models, board files and Gerbers (vector image files that describe PCB layouts).
Microsoft’s contributions to OCP are unprecedented. As Bill Laing states in his “Microsoft Joins the Open Compute Project” post, “Microsoft is unique in the industry in that we offer cloud platforms and services, as well as the software infrastructure for customers and partners to build their own clouds. As a result, we can continually take technology and best practices from our public cloud offerings, and build them into our private cloud solutions. It’s a virtuous cycle that enables a consistent hybrid cloud platform spanning our datacenters, partner datacenters and customer datacenters.”
As part of this effort, MS Open Tech is releasing an open source reference implementation of the Chassis Manager specification. Today, this code, is available on GitHub, and implements functions such as server management, and fan and power supply control.
Additional details can be found in the blog post “Microsoft cloud server specification contribution” by Kushagra Vaid on the Global Foundation Services team blog.
We at MS Open Tech are excited about these developments, and we look forward to continued collaboration with Microsoft and the OCP community to help promote a thriving open source ecosystem to support broad adoption of open specifications resulting from these efforts!
Asir Vedamuthu Selvasingh
Principal Program Manager
Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.