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Circle B and Rittal opt for maincubes’ AMS01 data center for European OCP Experience Center

Circle B, an OCP Solutions Provider®,  and Rittal, manufacturer of infrastructure solutions for data centers, have moved the first European Open Compute Project (OCP) Experience Center to maincubes’ AMS01 data center in Amsterdam. Established in 2018 the European OCP Experience Center’s goal is to help IT and data center managers to fully understand the impact of OCP designs on their facilities. The fully-functional OCP environment is available at maincubes’ site as a demo facility, however, it can also function for testing new OCP Accepted™ and OCP Inspired™ datacenter environments and telco solutions that are relevant to certain IT environments.

Easy to reach and highly available
“We see great potential for both Dutch and international OCP inspired projects and we look forward to actively promoting the European OCP Experience Center in our data center,” says Joris te Lintelo, Vice President of maincubes. “Our location in Amsterdam is ideally located for Dutch visitors as well as data center owners and data center managers from abroad and we would like to invite you to come by and meet with us.” The close proximity to the Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport makes it especially easy to reach the AMS01 data center of maincubes.

“The European OCP Experience Center has played an important role in the adoption of OCP inspired data center designs in the European region,” states Steve Helvie, VP of Channel for the Open Compute Project Foundation. “I am happy to see that Rittal and Circle B have decided to partner with an important and independent European data center provider like maincubes. And I am very excited that those three companies will continue to drive the growth of OCP in the European region.” maincubes offers the colocation environment for the European OCP Experience Center which was initially founded by Rittal and Circle B. The German-engineered data center impresses among other things with outstanding detail for security levels, energy efficiency, infrastructure redundancy and data center connectivity. Circle B will keep its role as supplier while Rittal will further drive hardware development.

Commitment to the OCP principles
The three companies involved have realized that IT managers at large enterprises and governments in the European region have initiated OCP principles at scale. These principles form the basis on which many hyperscalers operate. Therefore, large and medium-sized enterprises and government agencies can benefit from the same advantages as hyperscalers: cost reductions, lower energy usage and much more flexibility.

The Open Compute Project (OCP) and its foundation is a non-profit organization and was founded in 2011. It is a collaborative community which focuses on sharing and redesigning hardware technology especially for data centers to efficiently improve hardware designs for scalable computing.
maincubes offers a network of high-availability colocation data centers which form the basis for digital eco-systems and therefore the development of the smart economy. Their AMS01 data center in Amsterdam provides the necessary infrastructure to test OCP technologies and to demonstrate OCP hardware designs. The company is also a founding member of the Independent Data Center Alliance (IND-DCA), a global network of independent data center and colocation providers.

As one of the first European channel partners to acquire the status of OCP Solutions Provider®, Circle B tests, delivers and supports ready-made systems and environments based on OCP designs. In this role they belong to a special group of companies within the OCP ecosystem. Rittal is a well-known manufacturer of infrastructure solutions for data centers. As part of their product portfolio, Rittal designs, manufactures and sells racks and cooling solutions that are based on OCP designs.

The European Open Compute Project Experience Center will also be available for visitors of the annual OCP Regional Summit which will be held in Amsterdam on 26 and 27 September 2019 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre.

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