Making Hardware Open: Challenges and Opportunities

Open Hardware
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We’ve all seen the impact that open source has had on innovation in software; open sharing and collaboration have been at the root of some of our greatest achievements as an industry. The pace of innovation in the hardware space, on the other hand, has been markedly slower. The potential benefits of open hardware are clear enough: More openness and collaboration would likely mean a faster pace of innovation and greater accessibility to the best possible technology for us all. But how do we get there?

Facebook’s Frank Frankovsky will lead a panel of industry leaders in a discussion of the challenges and opportunities associated with building open source movements around hardware. Frank will share key learnings from his work on the Open Compute Project — a prominent industry initiative focused on driving greater openness and collaboration in infrastructure technology — and draw out similar insights from the panel.

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Frank Frankovsky


Frank Frankovsky is director of hardware design and supply chain at Facebook. In that role, he is responsible for the company’s hardware engineering and validation; technical program management; capacity engineering and analysis; and supply chain operations teams. He also serves as the company’s representative on the board of directors for the Open Compute Project, and is one of the key drivers of that initiative. Prior to joining Facebook, Frank spent 14 years with Dell, where he was an integral part of building Dell’s PowerEdge server business and co-founded Dell’s Data Center Solutions business. Prior to Dell, he launched the industry’s first rack-mounted x86 servers for Compaq. Frank holds a BA in Marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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Jonathan Bryce

The Rackspace Cloud

Jonathan Bryce is CTO & Founder of The Rackspace Cloud. He started his career working as a web developer for the managed hosting giant, Rackspace. During his tenure at Rackspace, Bryce and co-worker Todd Morey had a vision to build a sophisticated web hosting environment where users and businesses alike could turn to design, develop and deploy their ideal web site – all without being responsible for procuring the technology, installing it or making sure it is built to be always available. This vision, along with help from Rackspace, was turned into The Rackspace Cloud. The Rackspace Cloud is the home of Cloud Sites, Cloud Files and Cloud Servers, providing enterprise-grade hosting and storage services. The Rackspace Cloud provides an easily managed interface allowing developers, designers and IT managers to deploy reliable web applications quickly and easily as well as high performance cloud-based storage services. Founded by two Rackspace employees, The Rackspace is built upon a cross platform, clustered-computing architecture.

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Brian Stevens

Red Hat

Brian Stevens joined Red Hat’s senior management team in 2001 and has been critical to the company’s enterprise operating system, storage, and virtualization strategies. As CTO and vice president, Worldwide Engineering, Stevens has responsibility for Red Hat® engineering globally, encompassing Linux®, virtualization, middleware, and cloud computing.

Stevens began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation where he was a developer on the first commercial release of the X Window System. During his 14 years at Digital, he became a senior member of technical staff and was responsible for the architecture and development of the UNIX and clustering product lines.

Stevens earned a master’s degree in computer systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of New Hampshire.

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Steve Ichinaga

Hyve Solutions, a division of SYNNEX Corporation

Steve Ichinaga is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Hyve Solutions, a division of SYNNEX Corporation, and a leader in purpose-built data center servers. Hyve Solutions works closely with enterprise and hyper-scale data center customers to create cost effective and efficient solutions tailored to customer workloads and physical environments. Hyve Solutions was a founding member of the Open Compute Project (OCP), as well as the first authorized OCP solutions provider. Ichinaga has been a strong advocate for OCP, ensuring that Hyve Solutions provides the community with access to early samples and production OCP units, educational seminars, factory tours and integration support.

Mr. Ichinaga is also the Senior Vice President and General Manager for SYNNEX Corporation’s System Integration Division, a leading supplier of components and storage products in North America. He has been in various leadership positions with the company throughout his 28 year tenure.

SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX) is a leading business process services company, servicing resellers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in regions around the world.


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