Facebook-led Open Compute Project (OCP) gets a huge boost this year with the participation of major service providers such as AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, EE, SK Telecom, and Verizon. OCP which was founded in 2011 aims to make data center hardware designs available for free to empower companies to create their own custom gear.
According to OCP, industry expertise is an important part of establishing new opportunities and paths for collaboration around open hardware. For example, Nokia has announced that they will incorporate OCP designs into its AirFrame Data Center Portfolio. Equinix and Nexius have also joined OCP, making it easier for telecommunications companies to find efficiency and flexibility benefits through open hardware.