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The Journey To Open Computing Continues

When we joined the Open Compute Project as a founding member nearly two years ago, we made the promise to work closely with partners to deliver data center solutions built on open standards.

And, today, we’re doing just that.

At the Open Compute Summit this week in Santa Clara, Calif., we continue our journey to the open cloud by contributing compute and storage designs to the Open Compute Project community.

Later this year we plan to purchase servers built on those Open Compute Project designs. And in the first half of 2013 we plan to have servers installed and running in one of our new data centers. This three-phase journey is around open standards, open hardware and, ultimately, open data centers.

Through the Open Compute Project, we work with like-minded companies to advance our vision of truly open computing. Last year, we officially launched the Rackspace open cloud, and today we highlight our plans to leverage open hardware designs in our data centers.

The Rackspace open cloud and our work with the Open Compute Project help tear down the walls of lock-in that come with proprietary technologies while fostering adoption of open standards.

We are committed to the journey toward true openness; and we’re excited about where it’s taking us and the industry.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Wesley Jess.

Wesley Jess has been the Vice President of Supply Chain Operations at Rackspace since October 2010. He is responsible for overseeing demand planning, sourcing, procurement, deployment, product configuration, license management, corporate social responsibility and several hardware engineering functions. He joined Rackspace from the software publisher Intuit, where he served as Operations Director of Business Management and Strategy. While there, he was responsible for multiple channel operations functions, new product introduction as well as overseeing digital transformation and improvements for Intuit and its partners for over 7 years. Mr. Jess served as an operations leader for Handspring Inc., where he was responsible for various supply chain activities including new product introduction, retail channel management, mobile phone carrier management and direct sales. He has also served in various marketing, sales and sales management positions during the prior 12 years at Vitessa Corp, RR Donnelley and Modus Media. Wesley graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S in International Economics.


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