The Open Compute Project, founded by Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Intel and Rackspace, is setting out to change the way data centres are built in the hope that they can become more efficient and cost-effective. By releasing its designs as open-source, it is hoped that more data centres will begin to take on board the designs and realise the benefits that these can bring. A data centre without a UPS or battery room has significantly more space to expand, or introduce newer technologies to help in the running over the site. But changing over 20 years of designs is not easy.
“Education is key when it comes to the growth of OCP ideas and infrastructure within the data centre. The introduction of guidelines and certification from the OCP board will help significantly to promote the ideas of the Project within the data centre community. Changing the entrenched view that UPS and battery rooms and raised floors are no longer necessary is not going to happen overnight. But as more data centres, like Aegis, are designed to be ‘OCP Ready’ and the real benefits are realised, the traditional way of doing things won’t be the way forward for much longer,” concluded McCulloch.