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Microsoft Makes Azure Server Design Open-Source

Open-source hardware movement wins a surprise supporter. Microsoft joins Open Compute project, shares its server design ideas.

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WKash
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WKash,
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1/29/2014 | 6:17:40 PM
RE: "Why not?"
I agree, it seems like a smart move, particularly as Microsoft tries to give enterprises the option to use a mix of private, hybrid, and public cloud computing systems. 
cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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1/29/2014 | 11:55:17 AM
RE: "Why not?"
Why not, indeed. Microsoft won't produce and sell clones of its Azure server. Rather, independent manufacturers -- the custom or white box manufacturing crowd -- may pick up the design and produce copies of it, or enterprise cloud builders may decide to use the design and commission a manufacturer to produce it from the Microsoft specs. Imitation at least supplies the reward of flattery. And Microsoft will gain knowledge of what others are doing with servers, racks and data center designs.
Lorna Garey
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1/29/2014 | 10:31:24 AM
Why not?
Charlie, What does Redmond really have to lose here? Surface aside, it doesn't make its money in hardware. If it can pick off some architects who might have bought yet more standard HP/Dell 1U/2U devices, that's gravy, right?
Drew Conry-Murray
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Drew Conry-Murray,
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1/29/2014 | 10:23:46 AM
Smart Decision for Microsoft
I'm pleased to see Microsoft participating in OCP, but it also seems like this was a smart PR decision. Sharing a server design doesn't put them at any kind of competitive disadvantage, and it means they get to hang out with the cool kids at OCP.
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