Now, Get Your Own Barreleye

Barreleye servers

Rackspace and its partners are pleased to announce that Barreleye, our high-performance Open Compute/OpenPOWER server, is now generally available — you can buy one for use in your own datacenter.

Barreleye is available from multiple outlets, to suit many kinds of consumers. From solution providers who specialize in hyperscale, to high performance computing, to the IBM business partner network, you can purchase Barreleye from a company that understands your business.

Barreleye server

Barreleye works with a variety of Linux distributions and KVM hypervisors. It has chassis options for those who like to keep their storage high capacity, in-box and powerful, or light-weight and low-cost. It is configurable for basic low-cost networking, or very high-throughput networking. And for a server with such a low mechanical profile, it has great PCI adapter capacity.

Thanks to a lot of hard work and innovation at IBM and Ingrasys, it has a heavily tested, open source firmware stack. With Barreleye, you don’t need to worry about being locked into anyone’s proprietary systems management framework. You can even add your own unique systems management capabilities on top of its rapidly maturing, increasingly popular OpenBMC implementation.

If you want to test drive it, but don’t have an Open Rack handy, there’s a simple-to-use benchtop power supply (called Lunchbox) we developed along with Barreleye.

Here are a few other things that Barreleye does:

  • Leverages one of the most powerful 2-socket servers on the planet.
  • Gets your organization closer to the cutting edge of open hardware development.
  • Makes a clear statement to your suppliers: you expect more freedom, value and influence.











It’s an unusual thing to invest time and resources into a project like this, only to give away the design to partners and open communities, but that’s what we’ve done. We believe the future is in extremely open hardware design, accompanied by a strong commercial solutions ecosystem — and if you want a strong-and-open commercial ecosystem, you have to be willing to enable others to participate. We are fortunate to have partners in the OpenPOWER and Open Compute movements who believe the same.

So where can you get one? Here’s a short list. We anticipate it will grow (more outlets, in more geographies) in the coming months.

OCP Solution Providers:

IBM Business Partner Ecosystem:

Systems Integrators or Very Large Volume Consumers:

barreleye fish
The see-through head of the barreleye fish, naming inspiration for the Barreleye server.

If you get excited thinking about having one of these in your datacenter or lab, getting started is a call, click or email away. I hope you’ll make the leap.

We’re not finished, either. As part of our exciting collaboration with Google, we plan to do this again with POWER9, next year. There will be a Barreleye Gen 2 and more.

Join us. Get started. Go get your own Barreleye.

Aaron Sullivan served as a Distinguished Engineer at Rackspace, focused on infrastructure strategy until 2017. Aaron joined Rackspace's Product Development organization in late 2008, in an engineering role, focused on servers, storage, and operating systems. He moved to Rackspace’s Supply Chain/Business Operations organization in 2010, mostly focused on next generation storage and datacenters. He became a Principal Engineer during 2011 and a Director in 2012, supporting a variety of initiatives, including the development and launch of Rackspace’s first Open Compute platforms. His final position was Senior Director and Distinguished Engineer, where he worked on next generation server technology, designing infrastructure for Rackspace’s Product and Practice Areas, and supporting the growth and capabilities of Rackspace’s Global Infrastructure Engineering team. He also represented Rackspace as a public speaker, writer, and commentator. He was involved with Open Compute since its start at Rackspace. He became formally involved in late 2012. He was Rackspace’s lead for OCP initiatives and platform designs. Aaron served two terms as an OCP Incubation Committee member, and sponsors the Certification & Interoperability (C&I) project workgroup. He supported the C&I workgroup as they built and submitted their first test specifications. He also spent time working with the OCP Foundation on licensing and other strategic initiatives.


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