Rackspace collaborates with Google for designing Power9 servers

By CIOReview | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Prashanth Chandrasekar, GM, DevOps Business Segment, Rackspace

Prashanth Chandrasekar, GM, DevOps Business Segment, Rackspace

FREMONT, CA: In a major announcement made during the IBM's OpenPOWER Summit in San Jose, IBM's OpenPOWER foundation publicized that Google and Rackspace are working together for designing servers centered around open hardware designs that run on IBM's Power9 processor. The architecture from IBM's Power9 processors will be used for designing this server. Source, Natalie Gagliordi, Zednet.

Facebook’s Open Compute project would be the actual beneficiary of these servers as Google with help of IBM and Rackspace will be delivering these servers to the social networking giants. "Working with Rackspace, we will submit a Power9 server design to the Open Compute Project that will address the diverse requirements of end customers for data center services," said Maire Mahony, hardware engineering manager, Google and board member, OpenPOWER Foundation.

Rackspace’s server project, codenamed Barreleye has been accepted by Facebook’s Open Compute Project and the firm will now work with the OpenPower Foundation. Rackspace’s servers will be the first in the industry to use technology from OpenPOWER, the Open Compute Project and OpenStack. At Rackspace, we offer customers a wide variety of IT environments including public, private, dedicated, and hybrid cloud, as well as managed services to help them run these complex technologies, so they can focus on their core businesses,” explained Prashanth Chandrasekar, GM-DevOps Business Segment, Rackspace.

In the meantime, an announcement was also made by IBM that it would collaborate with Nvidia and Wistron on a second-generation HPC server which will be made available in the 4th quarter of this year. It was also made clear by IBM that this Open Power technology developed with Nvidia and Mellanox will be adopted by the University of Michigan and data-centric supercomputers will be created to be used for projects ranging from airplane. "The explosion of data requires systems and infrastructures based on Power8 plus accelerators that can both stream and manage the data and quickly synthesize and make sense of data," IBM said about the UM partnership.

Big Blue will also be supporting big data analytics and cognitive applications in the cloud by adding Open Compute Project-compliant systems to its lineup of Linux on POWER portfolio.

The OpenPOWER foundation by IBM was initiated with a main aim of offering a counterweight to Intel in the data centers. This foundation includes organizations such as IBM, Google, Nvidia, Mellanox, Canonical and Wistron.