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Open19 Project Specifications Available on Open19 Foundation Website

Mar 13, 2019
by Josh Anderson

BEAVERTON, OR — The Open19 Foundation, an organization established to create a community for a new generation of open data centers and edge solutions, announced the public release of the Open19 Project Specifications. This open platform is designed to fit any 19” rack environment for servers, storage, and networking.

“I am pleased to make the Open19 Project Specifications available to the public,” said Yuval Bachar, President of the Open19 Foundation. “We will see widespread adoption of the Open19 standard in 2019, and its public release means anyone can develop solutions based upon this technology.”

The Open19 Project defines a cross-industry common server form factor, creating a flexible and economic data center and edge solutions for operators of all sizes. It includes three main common elements — brick cage, power shelf, and network switch — and supports four form factors — brick, double wide brick, double high half-width brick, and double high double-wide brick. Currently, seven Open19 Foundation member companies have developed a total of 17 solutions that support the standard, with more products to be added soon.

Open19 Foundation founding member company LinkedIn contributed the specification to the Foundation last year after deploying it for its own data center. It was previously only available to Foundation members, before being open-sourced.

“We are ready for prime time,” said Yuval Bachar, President of the Open19 Foundation and Principal Architect at LinkedIn at the open source data center group’s first summit in late 2018. “We built it for any location…as long as you have a 19-inch rack, you’re good. You can install this technology if you’re drilling on a rig in the South Sea, or a container on the edge, or a server in a data center. We are establishing de-facto standards for data centers and edge.”

About the Open19 Foundation: The Open19 Foundation was established in 2017 by founding members Flex, GE Digital, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, LinkedIn and Vapor IO to create a community that will enable a common optimized data center and edge solutions. It has since grown to 23 members from all parts of the edge computing ecosystem – from component and system suppliers and integrators, to data center operators.

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