OCP hardware sales to hit the $46 billion mark by 2025

Sales of OCP – Open Compute Project servers are skyrocketing as the number and variety of organizations adopting this high-performance technology in their datacenters increases.

A study by research firm Omdia estimates the Open Compute Project (OCP) hardware market will grow 34% this year, from $16.1 billion in revenue in 2020 to $21.7 billion in 2021. that over the next four years, the market will more than double, reaching $46 billion in revenue by 2025.

As reported in our article on DM-SV01 (OCP Datacom Server), in 2011, Facebook launched the Open Compute Project Foundation. With that, the founding members of the initiative created a movement in the hardware development market, which brought the creativity and collaboration of the main players. OCP applies open source software concepts to the hardware space. To date, more than 280 companies have joined the collaborative effort to develop open, efficient, and scalable data center hardware designs.

Hyperscale cloud computing companies are the main buyers of OCP hardware, they represent $15.4 billion of sales out of a total of $21.7 billion in 2021. board of the OCP Foundation, such as Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Rackspace).

Meanwhile, OCP hardware sales to telecom service providers grew 76% to $1.7 billion, and is expected to nearly quadruple to $6.6 billion by 2025.

Among the companies, Omdia predicts that retail and wholesale purchases will increase fivefold, from $204 million in 2021 to $1 billion in 2025. Likewise, sales in the manufacturing sector will quadruple to $1 .2 billion in four years, while sales in the financial services industry will nearly triple to $1.3 billion in 2025.


Expert speeches

According to Vlad Galabov, research director and study co-author, over the next four years, smaller cloud providers, telcos (ISPs) and enterprises will increasingly adopt OCP-engineered data center hardware.

“OCP has made impressive strides,” Galabov told Data Center Knowledge in an interview. “What's interesting is that it's not just the companies that started [OCP] that are buying. Our expectation for 2025 is that there will be many cloud service providers, communication service providers and other companies buying. ”

The top four reasons for deploying Open Compute Project hardware include the following, according to the study:

  • Greater efficiency and lower energy consumption;
  • Lower costs;
  • The benefits of open source; and
  • Use of innovative technology that has been adopted by “hyperscalers”.

“What this does is allow the hardware industry to behave more like the software industry” and innovate faster, he said.

“If you think about how Kubernetes is developed, when a new version is released, the entire software industry accepts it. Or, if there's a problem, they work together. ”