Project Scorpio, Now ODCC, Is China's Shared Server Technology Initiative
The Open Compute Project (OCP) is an American-lead initiative to collaboratively develop shred technology to improve data center performance and efficiency. Three Chinese large companies, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, founded a similar initiative in 2011.
Gartner describes the initiative: "Project Scorpio is a full-fledged open DCI standard with significant visibility in the Chinese market. It seeks to create a modular and highly efficient rack-based DCI standard for easier design and delivery. The standard includes six subsystems (rack, node, fan, power, management and network) and focuses on front-end maintenance. It requires some modification from a standard data center. In November 2014, Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent formed the Open Data Center Committee [ODCC] with China Telecom, China Mobile and the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology. Three workgroups operate under this committee, for servers, data centers, and testing and certification. Intel also provides technology advice for Project Scorpio."
There was industry speculation in 2015 that servers compliant with the ODCC's 'Scorpian' specs would gain a significant share of Chinese server purchases in 2016 and that Alibaba will have migrated all its servers to Scorpion-compliant units by the end of 2017. We could not find confirmation in late 2016 of either of these predictions.
Global players continue to engage with ODCC. Swedish telecommunication giant Ericsson issued a February 2016 press release explaining why it joined ODCC after joining OCP. The company explained more the following month a its Cloud Blog.