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Servergy is partnering with the University of Texas to create a lab that will bridge innovation between the Open Compute Project and the OpenPower Foundation, two open source cloud and big data-focused hardware projects

Servergy is partnering with the University of Texas to create a lab that will bridge innovation between the Open Compute Project and the OpenPower Foundation, two open source cloud and big data-focused hardware projects

Servergy, a Texas-based IT innovation and design firm and IBM technology partner announced a partnership with the University of Texas Wednesday in a move that will see the two open a lab designed to marry innovations developed through IBM’s OpenPower Foundation and the Facebook-led Open Compute Project.

The partnership will see the University of Texas San Antonio (USTA) open up the its cloud and big data lab, the only Open Compute lab in North America, to members of the IBM-led  OpenPower Foundation, a group of technology firms and chip manufacturers looking to innovate with IBM’s Power8 architecture within an open source framework.

The Open Compute Project, which is being led by social media giant Facebook and now claims over 600 members, is an open source datacentre hardware project designed to optimise the company’s hardware.

Both the Open Compute Project and the OpenPower Foundation seek to optimise IT hardware for cloud computing and big data applications by improving the performance and reducing the cost of the infrastructure.

“We are very excited about partnering with Servergy to create the world’s first Open Compute Power8 Solution Laboratory,” said Paul Rad, USTA director of cloud and big data research and the chair of high-performance cloud at Cloud Advisory Council.

“Servergy and the UTSA cloud and big data lab are accelerating innovation by bridging Open Compute and OpenPower communities for researching energy efficient hyper-scale, high-performance cloud and big data markets.”

Servergy, a member of the Open Compute Project, said it would help set up the lab and contribute its clean-technology datacentre architecture to the group. The company said the move would help accelerate adoption of the Power 8 architecture and Open Compute hardware in the datacentre server market.

“This is a very significant industry milestone and creates a true open innovation bridge and gateway to the future that will accelerate the performance and efficiency of volume hardware innovation for all,” said Bill Mapp, chairman and chief executive officer of Servergy.

“We are honored to be able to work with UTSA to provide the industry leadership and create the Open Compute, OpenPower bridge for the benefit of both communities and the industry as a whole,” he added.

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