Bloomberg and the Open Compute Project (OCP)

Recently, more than 3,400 technologists gathered in San Jose to discuss the Open Compute Project (OCP), which was originally founded by Facebook and now has Fidelity, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft  and others contributing time and effort on this important initiative.

As Head of Bloomberg’s Cloud Architecture, I had the distinct pleasure of sharing a bit of our story with the broader OCP community and thought it would be beneficial for those who weren’t there to hear about it.

Bloomberg has been fostering open solutions for the financial industry for quite some time, so it should come as no surprise that we have been closely following the OCP with an eye toward how it can foster rapid innovation in our data centers. We have a very unique technology infrastructure, and we want to continue to incorporate appropriate open technologies that fit our development model.

By collaborating in creating open specifications which everyone can adopt, OCP allows transparency throughout the supply chain while accelerating the adoption of new technology. It also helps define the physical dimensions, power distribution, management and other basic characteristics of a physical infrastructure (e.g. servers and networks that reside in data centers)

At Bloomberg, we’ve begun exploring OCP-specified equipment in our data centers. Like many companies, we have a growing cloud architecture to provide our over 3,000 in house technologists with self-service developer tools so they can create more dynamic solutions for our customers, fast. We’ve developed key technologies, such as a tech management layer for public and private cloud infrastructures. All of the source code which powers our private cloud here at Bloomberg (called Bloomberg Clustered Private Cloud or BCPC) – is open and available for free on GitHub.

To hear more about what Bloomberg is doing and why, I encourage you to watch the keynote panel “Adopting OCP Technologies” that I participated in with representatives from Riot Games and Orange.

– Justin Erenkrantz, Head of Cloud Architecture