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Open Compute EU Summit keynote - Philippe Dewost's light sources

Open Compute EU Summit keynote  - Philippe Dewost's light sources | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The first Open Compute Europe Summit took place in Paris on October 30 & 31st, 2014, on Ecole Polytechnique's campus in Palaiseau.

The european tech scene is catching up on OCP, with pioneers such as Telecity or Enter.it , and is federated by Splitted Desktop System's Jean-Marie Verdun.

Here is the keynote I delivered at government's request, explaining why France is Open (to) Compute (following my April post - in french).

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Laurent Bloch : « La France est en train de rater la troisième révolution industrielle »

Laurent Bloch : « La France est en train de rater la troisième révolution industrielle » | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

.../... le commerce du contenu et des données n’est que la partie visible de l’iceberg, En dessous, il y a les matériels et les réseaux. On parle souvent d’Internet comme si c’était un espace totalement immatériel. C’est faux. L’entreprise Google est un géant industriel. Elle possède des millions de serveurs dans le monde entier, regroupés dans des data centers, qui sont des usines informatiques. Pour assurer son approvisionnement énergétique, Google rachète des centrales hydro-électriques.

Même chose pour les réseaux : Google et Facebook possèdent leurs propres câbles transatlantiques et leurs nÅ“uds de communication. Leurs activités commerciales dépendent avant tout de leurs infrastructures matérielles.

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Un écho intéressant au petit déjeuner thématique co-organisé par la Caisse des Dépôts et la Mission Lemoine le 18 Juin dernier, avec la redécouverte tardive des sujets de "couches basses" (hardware, réseaux, cloud public) et en toile de fond la pub Pirelli : "sans maîtrise la puissance n'est rien"...

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Amazon joins other web giants trying to design its own chips

Amazon joins other web giants trying to design its own chips | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

As demand for its cloud computing services continues to grow, sources say Amazon is trying to design its own server chips. Based on a job listing and a series of LinkedIn updates, it looks like it could be eyeing the ARM architecture for those chips.

The online retailer and cloud giant has hired several chip engineers who used to work at Calxeda, the former ARM-based server startup out of Austin, Texas that shut down last year, including the former Calxeda CTO. It also has a few job listings for its Silicon Optimization team based in Austin, Texas that call for microprocessor design expertise, including one for a “CPU Architect / Micro-Architect.”

Amazon declined to comment on its plans; actually, a spokeswoman said, “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation.” Don’t worry, we’ll make sure to ask Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels (pictured) about these plans at our Structure event in June. However, several sources in the Austin chip community have been discussing the impact of Amazon’s decision to swoop in and recruit engineers after Calxeda shut down in December, curious about whether or not Amazon planned to follow other webscale businesses Google and Facebook in trying to build their own silicon.

 
Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Hardware is not dead... Entering the hardware race yet requires muscles and above all talent. And as I pointed as early as 2 years ago, ARM is still an interesting option.

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OCP European Summit 30-31 October 2014, France Paris

OCP European Summit 30-31 October 2014, France Paris | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
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Free Registration. Exceptional Networking. Engineering talks and hardcore hackathons. All wrapped in a #FrenchTech spirit. See you there ! #HardwareIsNotDead #OCP

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DigitalOcean's cloud surpasses Amazon Web Services in one category

DigitalOcean's cloud surpasses Amazon Web Services in one category | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Netcraft alluded to the growth in a blog post earlier this month. Netcraft’s most recent survey found that 818 sites jumped from Amazon to DigitalOcean, while 88 sites moved in the other direction.

The company has grown fast. Netcraft’s December 2012 survey put it behind more than 1,500 others in terms of how many web-facing computers it had. Now it’s in 15th place.

All that growth has had an impact on DigitalOcean’s physical infrastructure.

“We were adding four (data center) racks a month in the beginning of the year. Now we’re adding them at a two-day clip,” Mitch Wainer, a cofounder of DigitalOcean and its chief marketing officer, said in an interview with VentureBeat. “It’s really been crazy, and our poor director of operations is losing his mind.”

The company now operates around 6,350 physical servers, up from about 5,000 at the beginning of October, Wainer said. It’s still a tiny fraction of the biggest cloud providers — presumably Amazon, Google, Rackspace, and Microsoft — but clearly, the number is going in the right direction.

 
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Grow fast or die slow wrote McKinsey recently...

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Facebook's Open Compute guru Frank Frankovsky leaves to build optical storage startup

Facebook's Open Compute guru Frank Frankovsky leaves to build optical storage startup | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Frank Frankovsky, Facebook’s vice president of hardware design and supply chain optimization, who helped oversee the development and growth of the company’s custom server effort, has left the social networking company to form his own as-yet-unnamed startup that will focus on building optical storage for the enterprise.

In an interview, Frankovsky said he had resigned from Facebook last week to pursue this idea. Meanwhile, Jason Taylor, Facebook’s director of infrastructure, has assumed responsibility for the hardware design and supply chain teams at Facebook and will continue working with the Open Compute Project on Facebook’s behalf.

Taylor has been overseeing much of that work for the last year, according to Facebook, and he will also be joining the Open Compute Foundation board along with Bill Laing, corporate VP of Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft. This brings the OCP Foundation board from five to seven participants. Frankovsky, who will remain chairman and president of the OCP board, will stay as an independent member.

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Hardware is not dead. It is just evolving #OCP

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