IHS Markit interviewed OCP members, suppliers and service providers, as well as incorporated their own in-depth industry research to determine revenue by region and vertical worldwide, as well as update their forecast through 2022. In order to ascertain a more accurate assessment of true marketplace adoption, usage by OCP Board member companies Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Intel, Microsoft and Rackspace was excluded from this study.
Among the preliminary findings are the following:
Furthermore, the drivers of adoption of OCP are growing more diverse - cost reduction and power efficiency are still the biggest reasons why, but the market is now realizing that feature flexibility and conformance to those specifications approved by OCP provide a measure of "comfort" to the market.
"We are pleased that the adoption momentum continues and accelerates, and we value the insight provided by the study regarding barriers, challenges and opportunities. We are committed to continued improvement in the entire ecosystem to support the future growth", stated Rocky Bullock, CEO for the Open Compute Project Foundation.
"The market ecosystem for OCP-certified equipment continues to mature, with more diversity for increased choice and an expanded supply chain allowing more tier-two CSPs, telcos and enterprise consumers to participate. A notable difference from last year's study was the shift from direct factory purchasing to suppliers with local support, as additional market segments increased adoption", stated Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., executive director research and analysis, Cloud and data centre research practice at IHS Markit, a global business information provider. "OCP equipment market drivers such as serviceability, disaggregation and the flexibility to add new features took on a greater importance this year, which typically happens when a market matures and more mainstream buyers deploy."
OCP and IHS Markit will release the full results of the research at the Annual OCP Global Summit , to be held in San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California, March 14-15, 2019. This will include an Executive Track at 1:00 PM Pacific on Day 1 featuring the details of the findings to be presented by Cliff Grossner, and Vlad Galabov, Principle Analyst for Data Center Compute at IHS Markit.