Circle B, Rittal and Switch Datacenters Open First European OCP Experience Center
by Justin Hughes
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — Circle B, Rittal and Switch Datacenters opened the first European Open Compute Project (OCP) Experience Center, and the fully-functional OCP environment is situated in one of the three facilities that Switch Datacenters manages in the Amsterdam area. The OCP Experience Center is available as a demo center but may also be utilized for testing new OCP Accepted™ and OCP Inspired™ data center environments and telco solutions.
Circle B is one of the first European channel partners that has attained the status of OCP Solution Provider®. Solution Providers are a unique group of companies within the OCP ecosystem that develop, test, deliver and support ready-made systems and environments based on OCP designs. Rittal is a well-known manufacturer of infrastructure solutions for data center and as part of their product portfolio, Rittal designs, manufactures and sells racks and cooling solutions that are based on OCP designs. Switch Datacenters is one of the largest carrier-neutral data center operators in The Netherlands, and Switch Datacenters is building a new data center in Amsterdam based on OCP principles.
The three companies have found and determined that within the technology sector, IT managers at large enterprises and governments in the European region have yet to adopt OCP principles on a large scale. These principles form the foundation on which many hyperscalers work. Through this center the companies wish to show that by adopting OCP designs in data centers, large enterprises and governments can benefit from the same advantages as the hyperscalers: cost reductions, lower energy usage and much more flexibility.
Steve Helvie, VP of Channel for the Open Compute Project Foundation, said, “It’s exciting to see how the European Members continue to drive OCP across the region by bringing the region’s first OCP Experience Center. Circle B, Rittal and Switch Datacenters have put together a great showcase for open hardware designs and it highlights the strength of each Member in delivering OCP solutions throughout Europe.”
The European OCP Experience Center that Rittal, Circle B and Switch Datacenters have begun seeks to assist IT managers and data center managers to fully comprehend the impact of OCP designs on their data centers. The center will also provide them a space to test unique OCP-based solutions that are relevant to their IT environments.
The European OCP Experience Center is situated very close to Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport. The opening of the center coincides with the first annual OCP Regional Summit which will be held in Amsterdam on 1 and 2 October 2018 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre.