Microsoft’s Project Olympus now de facto open compute standard, Azure GM tells Open Compute Project Summit

 |   Bill Briggs

Project Olympus, Microsoft’s open hardware development model, has created a global, industry ecosystem for datacenter deployments, said Kushagra Vaid, general manager for Azure hardware infrastructure, during a keynote address Wednesday at the Open Compute Project (OCP) U.S. Summit.

“Today, we’re pleased to report that Project Olympus has attracted the latest in Silicon innovation to address the exploding growth of cloud services and computing power needed for advanced and emerging cloud workloads such as big data analytics, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI),” Vaid wrote in an accompanying post on the Microsoft Azure Blog.

In November, Microsoft introduced Project Olympus, which has allowed the community to contribute to the ecosystem by downloading, modifying and forking the hardware design just like open source software.

In a separate talk at the OCP Summit in California, Microsoft distinguished engineer Leendert van Doorn discussed disruptions in the processor ecosystem, and how Microsoft is embracing the innovation created by these disruptions for the future of cloud infrastructure.

Head to the Microsoft Azure Blog to read more about van Doorn’s speech.

Bill Briggs
Microsoft News Center Staff

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