Microsoft Open Sources Its Next-Gen Cloud Hardware Design
Microsoft today open sourced its next-gen hyperscale cloud hardware design and contributed it to the Open Compute Project (OCP). Microsoft joined the OCP, which also includes Facebook, Google, Intel, IBM, Rackspace and many other cloud vendors, back in 2014. Over the last two years, it already contributed a number of server, networking and data center designs.
With this new contribution, Project Olympus, it’s taking a slightly different approach to open source hardware, however. Instead of contributing designs that are already finalized, which is the traditional approach to open sourcing this kind of work, the Project Olympus designs aren’t production-ready yet. The idea here is to ensure that the community can actually collaborate in the design process.
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