Open Compute Project: history, value proposition and future trajectory

The Open Compute Project Foundation is a community of engineers around the world, whose mission is to design and enable the delivery of the most efficient server, storage, networking and data center hardware designs for scalable computing. We believe that openly sharing ideas, specifications and other intellectual property is the key to maximizing innovation, accelerating market change and reducing operational complexity in the scale compute space. The Open Compute Project Foundation provides a structure, in which individuals and organizations can share their intellectual property as new or existing projects. The Open Compute Project has demonstrated value creation, as exampled by the adoption of open compute product, the contribution of technologies from the hardware supply chain and the genesis of new companies taking advantage of the opportunity. The Open Compute Project is focused on creating an incubation channel that will host an IP library lowering barriers to entry into the enterprise hardware market and enabling a next generation of hardware companies.