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Eight years ago, Facebook launched the Open Compute Project (OCP), an open-source hardware initiative to design the most energy-efficient server gear for massive, hyperscale data centers. The promise was flexibility of hardware and software and designs for greater power efficiency.
Very quickly, Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Sun Microsystems’ co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim joined with Facebook to launch the OCP project, with Microsoft joining in 2014.
The project has hummed along quietly with no sales figures until now, thanks to supply chain market research specialists IHS Markit. It surveyed both Facebook, Microsoft, and Rackspace, as founding partners, and looked at sales to customers beyond those three.