On today’s Datanauts episode we talk about racks. What is there to say about metal cages that hold your infrastructure? More than you might think.
Racks are fussy things, and there’s room to make them better. You need to properly manage cabling for power and networking, and maintain airflow to keep equipment happy. And getting expensive boxes in and out of the rack is also a big deal fraught with peril, as any of you that have performed equipment swaps know.
Several efforts are afoot that rethink rack design, including the Open Rack Standard proposed by Google and Facebook, as well as an Open Rack proposed by the Open Compute Project.
And the topic of today’s podcast is the Open19 rack standard, recently proposed by LinkedIn (now a Microsoft company).
Joining us from LinkedIn to discuss Open19 is Yuval Bachar, Principal Engineer, Global Infrastructure Architecture and Strategy at LinkedIn.
We’ll talk about the drivers behind rethinking rack design, including cost, optimization, and improving speed of deployment.
For example, when LinkedIn stands up a new data center, it may deploy up to 2,000 racks. The company believes the new design will cut integration time from 6 – 7 hours per rack down to 2 hours, a significant savings.
We also explore how Open19 is different from other efforts, and get into specifics about the new design.
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Open19: A New Vision for the Data Center – LinkedIn Engineering Blog
Open Rack – Open Compute Project
Google and Facebook share proposed new Open Rack Standard with 48-volt power architecture – Google Cloud Platform Blog