Open Compute Project Foundation Announces Advisory Board
The Open Compute Project (OCP), the Facebook-led initiative for open standards in scalable computing infrastructure, has announced the next step in its maturation: the start of a foundation designed to guide the future of the project and headed up by a who’s who of data center infrastructure thought-leaders.
The official OCP blog entry explains its mission: If everybody has access to the latest wave of infrastructure technology, then that’s only going to push along the next stage of development, and the next stage and the next stage. And as an added benefit, every time one OCP member shaves off some of its environmental footprint, all of them do. What’s good for one is good for all.
And to guide the next stage, the Open Compute Project Foundation will have Andy Bechtolsheim from Arista Networks, Don Duet from Goldman Sachs, Frank Frankovsky from Facebook, Mark Roenigk from Rackspace and Jason Waxman from Intel on board as directors and advisers.
Essentially, OCP said it’s looking to protect its “flat structure” and merit-based approach to evaluating future projects, and to make that happen, no one company can be allowed to take the lead. It’s a similar tactic OpenStack took with the establishment of its own foundation.
And soon, OCP is expected to release a full, finalized mission statement and list of members (though we already know that Red Hat is on board, with others soon to follow). Taken in conjunction with OCP’s partnership with the Open Data Center Alliance, it sounds like open standards for cloud services aren’t very far off.