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Emerging Open Data Center Standards Challenge Data Center Infrastructure Providers to Engage or Resist

Published: 21 April 2015

ID: G00272804

Analyst(s): Errol Rasit , Uko Tian , Heeral Kota


Open standards have changed the face of data center hardware infrastructure, but there is more to come as three new communities challenge DCI provider control and value. DCI provider product managers must monitor their progress, timelines and competitive threats, and be ready to adapt and adopt.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Why Do These Open-Standards Communities Exist?
    • Benefits and Challenges of Participating in an Open-Standards Initiative
  • Recognize the Style of Participation
    • Community Participation
  • Decision Framework: What Kind of Provider Are You?
  • Outlook for Open-Standards Initiatives
  • Initiatives to Watch
    • Open Compute Project
    • Project Scorpio
    • Open Data Center Alliance

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