The Open19 Foundation, an organization established in 2017 by founding members Flex, GE Digital, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, LinkedIn and Vapor IO – to create a community for a new generation of ‘open’ data centers and ‘edge’ solutions, has announced their public release of the Open19 Project Specifications. This open platform is designed to fit any 19” rack environment for servers, storage, and networking.

The Open19 Project defines a cross-industry common server form factor, creating flexible and economic data center and edge solutions for operators of all sizes. It includes three main common elements – brick cage, power shelf, and network switch, while it supports four form factors – brick, double wide brick, double high half-width brick, and double high double-wide brick.

Open Data Center Solutions

Currently, seven Open19 Foundation member companies have developed a total of 17 data center solutions that support the standard, with more products to be added soon.

“I am pleased to make the Open19 Project Specifications available to the public,” said Yuval Bachar, President of Open19 Foundation. “We will see widespread adoption of the Open19 standard in 2019, and its public release means anyone can develop solutions based upon this technology.”

Open19 Foundation founding member company LinkedIn contributed the specification to the Foundation last year, and it was previously only available to Foundation members.

Learn more and download the specifications on the Open19 Foundation website.

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