The recently commissioned data hall at the Switch AMS1 Amsterdam colocation facility of European operator Switch Datacenters
is “suitable for Open Rack systems based on Open Compute Project (OCP) principles”, the company announced recently.
Established in 2011, Switch Datacenters has headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The company offers “premium data center” services through facilities in Amsterdam and Woerden, Netherlands. It provides services to a customer base that includes “‘ISP’s, telecom operators, system integrators and cloud environments” and has established a “highly modular, highly energy-efficient and simple to maintain data center layout” that complies with Open Compute Project (OCP) principles. As a result, its latest facility can deploy equipment based on OCP principles as required.
The OCP initiative is driven by companies such as Facebook, Intel, Rackspace, Microsoft, and other big names. The organization aims to make hardware “more efficient, flexible, and scalable” and shares data center product designs between member organizations. The aim of the project is to “break open the black box of proprietary IT infrastructure” and enable “greater choice, customization, and cost savings” in the marketplace. Numerous manufacturers release open standards-based OCP-specified equipment that enhances energy-efficiency and lowers operational costs. This equipment will be available to Switch AMS1.
“As we intend to help drive innovation and build future-ready data centers, we chose to develop our new data hall in the Amsterdam colocation facility according to OCP principles,” explained Switch Datacenters founder and CEO and OCP community member Gregor Snip. “With this innovative approach we expect to meet future ‘agile’ expectations from current clients including IBM, 3W Infra, PWC and PCextreme, and new customers alike.” Do you know of any other providers with OCP-compliant data centers? Let us know the details. Add your comments below.