Over $2.56 Billion Worth of Open Compute Products Sold Last Year: Report


IHS Markit report projects that the market for OCP-certified gear will surpass $10 billion by 2022.

Data center products based on designs from the Open Compute Project (OCP) – an open source hardware and software initiative launched by Facebook in 2011 – were responsible for at least $2.56 billion in revenue in 2018, according to an IHS Markit research report.

The study, sponsored by the Open Compute Project Foundation, found that most OCP sales involved servers, storage and networking equipment.

This number doesn’t include the largest OpenStack users – the members of the foundation’s board like Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Intel, Microsoft and Rackspace.

As part of the research, IHS Markit interviewed OCP members, suppliers and service providers, and analyzed existing market data. According to its findings, 2017 revenue from OCP hardware and software for non-board members totalled $1.16 billion. This number more than doubled to $2.56 billion in 2018.

The study findings indicate that OCP equipment from non-board members now constitutes nearly one per cent of the overall market for products like servers, storage arrays, switches, racks and PDUs.

Telco spend on OCP equipment expected to surpass hyperscale spend

IHS Markit report projects that the market for OCP gear –excluding foundation board members – will surpass $10 billion by 2022.

By 2021, telco spend on OCP equipment is expected to surpass hyperscale spend, creating demand for new product types, like disaggregated cell tower equipment – something that OCP is already working on as part of its Telco Project.

“The market ecosystem for OCP-certified equipment continues to mature, with more diversity for increased choice and an expanded supply chain allowing more tier-two CSPs, telcos and enterprise consumers to participate,” said Cliff Grossner, executive director for cloud and data center research practice at IHS Markit.

The Open Compute Project has so far attracted more than 200 corporate-level members, including Cisco, HPE, Huawei, IBM, Lenovo, Nvidia, Rittal and Schneider Electric.





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