Last week I was out in the Bay Area attending the Open Compute (OCP) Summit. The event was packed and full of energy. My employer Dell was a platinum sponsor and we were showing off some pretty cool stuff:
At today’s Open Compute Summit in Santa Clara, California, Dell showed off a new generation of X-Gene 64-bit ARM-based servers that the company is developing for data center customers. It also demonstrated new management software based on Open Compute Project standards allowing remote control of both Intel and ARM-based servers. The software and server designs Dell demonstrated would allow Intel and ARM-based systems to run in the same chassis. – Ars Technica
Here is the schematic of the management system (check out the client running the ipmitool
As part of the first day plenary sessions, Dell VP and Senior Fellow Jimmy Pike gave a brief historical overview of computing and management, leading up to the above solution.
The next Open Compute Summit will be in Vegas in the fall. Look for us there.
Extra credit reading
- Ars Technica: Dell ups ante in ARMs race with 64-bit Iron server– ARM and Intel can live together in an Open Compute Summit management spec demo.
- Dell Blog — Tracy Davis: Walking back the “hype” in hyperscale
- Dell Blog — Jimmy Pike: Using open standards to untangle hyperscale systems management
Pau for now…