What is the Open Compute Project and what is OCP Ready™ certified?
OCP was initially started by Facebook and several other technology companies to create a data centre design that would reduce cost and boost efficiency. The first Facebook facility built in Prineville, Oregon was a big success so the group decided to make the design information available to all through an open source format. These efforts ultimately led to the formation of the Open Compute Project Foundation.
OCP recognised the need for a certification program for colocation data centre such as Stellium, and the OCP Ready program was created.
The goal of the program is to identify Colocation data centre providers and facilities where an end-user can deploy OCP IT equipment without complications. The majority of Open Compute hardware is deployed as a fully-populated rack. Data centre facilities must be able to easily accommodate racks of these weights and dimensions and be able to deploy multiple racks of such equipment at scale. In addition, the density of compute to meet scale demands and efficiency goals raises the bar for power and cooling specifications for racks.