Sunday, June 25, 2017


Europe’s first Facebook-like open lab dedicated to open compute and open stack technologies launches in London



Canonical, Redhat, Cumulus, QCT, Wiwynn, EdgeCore Networks and others set to take part in the works carried out at the lab.

London-based colocation provider Volta Data Centres has, together with open stack and open hardware integrator CSsquared, launched what it claims to be Europe’s first Open Lab for organisations wanting to test open compute and open stack technologies.

The lab is described by the two companies as a mirror to the one set up by Facebook in Menlo Park, California.

Organisations using the facility will be able to deploy and test compute workloads on Open Compute Project (OCP)-approved and OCP-inspired hardware and software before carrying out their workloads migration into such infrastructure and environments.

The facility will be built and operated by CSsquared and Volta Data Centres will house the Open Lab at its Clerkenwell data centre, at the heart of the British capital.

It will be based on 1U, 2U and 4U open compute servers, high performance compute servers, JBOD/JBOF storage devices and bare metal Ethernet switches. It will also include operating environments from Canonical and others.

Jonathan Arnold, Managing Director at Volta Data Centres, said: “We are proud to be a founding member of the The Open Lab and look forward to welcoming the first organisations into this unique European test facility.

“We see a growing interest from European data centre operators to explore the benefits of open hardware and software in a controlled environment.”

Keith Sullivan, Managing Director at CSsquared, said: “Our vision is to bring the huge benefits of the open compute ecosystem – conclusively proven in the hyperscale environment – within reach of European organisations.

“It is new and that can be a bit scary, especially if you have committed to the world view of one of the traditional hardware vendors.

“We are here to help organisation prove the benefits for themselves, and then to make a planned, insight-driven migration to the ‘world of open’.”