While Rackspace is now officially joining the OpenPOWER Foundation, it’s not because the company has a great deal of familiarity running Power servers in production.
“Rackspace is not using POWER-based systems in its datacenters or cloud today,” Aaron Sullivan, Senior Director and Distinguished Engineer at Rackspace, told ServerWatch. “Rackspace has been investigating POWER in its labs since February 2012, and has had OpenPOWER-based platforms in test since May 2014.”
While any vendor, including Rackspace, could simply just buy a POWER server system from IBM, that’s not the plan for Rackspace’s POWER efforts.
“Rackspace intends to collaborate with its partners in the community to build an Open Compute-based OpenPOWER platform,” Sullivan said. “We anticipate the processors will come from IBM, but the rest of the platform will be provided from other parties.”