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Is the x86 server ready for open source?

This week theCUBE covered the Open Compute Project Summit (#OCPSummit). As the name implies, this conference is part of the open source movement, but with a twist. When most people hear “open source” they think software — Linux, OpenStack, KVM and other major open source projects. This conference is about open source hardware, and in particular, x86 servers.

That may take a moment to understand. But this is real, and there are many indications that x86 architecture is ready for open source and indeed that something that resembles this is already happening on a large scale in the big Web service companies.