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Market Trends: Open Compute Project Presents a Wake-Up Call for Data Center Providers

Published: 09 May 2013

ID: G00247631

Analyst(s): Jeffrey Hewitt


The Open Compute Project indicates a willingness of some data center customers to depart from conventional infrastructure approaches. It is a harbinger of a potential "perfect storm" of market disruption that technology and service providers must effectively address.

Table Of Contents


Market Trend

  • Open Compute Project Reaches Beyond Typical Standards
  • Other Organizations Affecting Data Center Infrastructure
  • Bigger Data Centers Add to the Pressure
  • Market Structure: Data Center "Great Divide"
  • Technology: Storage and Network Parallels to Servers

Contrarian View

  • If OEMs Can Innovate and Increase Their Value-Add Around Scalable Efficiencies, End Users Will Be Less Likely to Build Their Own

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