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OCP Summit 2015 in Pics: 'His Beard Is So Majestic'

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- OCP Summit 2015 -- The Open Compute Project's vision of open source data center equipment sounds crazy at first.

Open source is free, right? And hardware can't be free. It's hardware. It costs money to manufacture and distribute. It's not just bits.

But the craziness disappears once you learn more. Sure, hardware costs money, but design is bits. And the designs can be created using the principles of open source. And that's where the OCP comes in. It's developing designs for networking, server, storage, hardware management, power supply, chassis and more.

Want to know more about data center infrastructure? This will be just one of the many topics covered at Light Reading's second Big Telecom Event on June 9-10 in Chicago. Get yourself registered today or get left behind!

Facebook drove creation of the OCP. That makes sense. Networking and data centers are essential to Facebook's business. But Facebook isn't in the networking and data center business -- it's not selling use of those services, but rather it's selling services that require sophisticated networking and data centers to deliver. That makes Facebook a great candidate for open source, to pool resources with other companies with similar needs. (See: Facebook Releases Data Center Tech.)

The shift to open source requires a change in strategy by both network operators and vendors, which gathered together in San Jose March 10 to discuss the issues.

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The San Jose Convention Center hosted the action.
The San Jose Convention Center hosted the action.

— Mitch Wagner, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profileFollow me on Facebook, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading. Got a tip about SDN or NFV? Send it to [email protected]

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