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LinkedIn’s Open19 Foundation Aims To Standardize Data Centers Of All Sizes

LinkedIn recently announced Open19 Foundation, a community that’s working towards the standardization of data centers and edge computing solutions.

Though Open19 Foundation was announced only last week, it’s been an ambitious project for LinkedIn. For the last couple of years, the company has been working towards defining a new open standard for servers based on a common form factor. This internal project was named as Open19 since it tries to standardize the 19-inch rack.

The key goals of the Open19 project were to provide lower cost per rack, lower cost per server, optimized power utilization, and an open standard for OEMs and hardware vendors to contribute to and participate in. Open19 defined the form factor, power distribution, and network connectivity to servers, storage, and other elements in the data center that can fit within a 2RU size or smaller.

LinkedIn claims that it has 500 million users with 200 million of them being active on the social network for professionals. It has 5 data centers across the globe that have over 150000 servers. All the facilities will be eventually upgraded to support Open19 specifications.

Like Apple, Facebook and Google, LinkedIn is a web-scale company that deals with massive infrastructure spread across its global footprint. To support the ever-growing demand, it started to invest in its own software-defined networking and compute fabrics. Code named as Project Falco and Project Altair, the company has been incubating its own network and data center management software. These projects played a crucial role in evolving the Open19 Foundation.

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Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor, and architect. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.