Microsoft Announces Its Contribution Of Next Generation Server Design To Open Compute Project


Microsoft recently announced the contribution of the 2nd-generation Open CloudServer (OCS v2) specification. This new OCS v2 incorporates a number of improvements, delivering greater performance and more flexibility. Also, Microsoft is showing an array of OCS v2 designs and platforms, including from the following partners:

In addition, a growing ecosystem of component vendors are expressing their support for OCS v2, including Intel, Mellanox, Seagate, Geist, Hyve Solutions, and more.

Overall, the OCS v2 specification is the convergence of a number of design points.  Meeting these design points in one server is critical for Microsoft to meet its service delivery and datacenter operations goals, and also the needs of the community who’ll use OCS v2 for their own datacenter operations.

The first design point for OCS v2 is to support a diverse range of cloud services.  The specifications we’re contributing to OCP reflect our long history in datacenter architecture and cloud computing.  To date, Microsoft has invested more than $15 billion in our global cloud infrastructure, and today we provide upwards of 200 cloud services to 1 billion customers and 20 million businesses in more than 90 markets around the world.  Over the last six months, the OCS v2 design has been thoroughly tested in our own datacenters, from powering IaaS and PaaS services in Windows Azure, to hosting e-mail and collaboration services in Office 365, to hosting latency-sensitive gaming services in Xbox Live.  Converging onto a unified, flexible design allows us to optimize the economics of our supply chain, while delivering a diverse array of cloud services from one underlying server platform.

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