I didn’t post a response to the article written a little more than a year ago claiming that OCP had “blown up the server market“. Yes, that was really in the title. I’ll ignore most of the obvious issues with this, but lets review a year later, shall we?
Open hardware designs are great in concept. Share your design with the world, and lower your customers costs … er … whoops.
They are great, if you are a large scale consumer, and you can get what you need in that form factor. They are not so great if a portion of your value offering is in the hardware side of the equation.
I mention this as we were at OCP in San Jose last week, meeting customers. Not presenting, not with a booth. Just meeting people and talking through their issues.
What emerged from these discussions is that there is strong interest in value. We discussed our offerings with customers after they defined their need. We asked them point blank if OCP designs were required, or even needed. The answer, in general, was an unambiguous “no”.
Over at InsideHPC, Rich pointed to an blog by Henry Newman about the changing face of SSD. I’d argue that its not just SSD, but storage in general. But Henry, as usual, nails it. Henry opines In opening up my crystal ball, I think what will happen is that the NAND suppliers themselves are going … Read moreThe changing face of storage