Open Compute Summit Comes To Texas

Editor’s Note: The registration date for the Open Compute Summit is now March 19.

This past October, Rackspace announced its participation as founding board member of The Open Compute Project.  Given our company’s dedication to energy conservation and open standards, joining this movement was a natural fit.  We felt honored and enthusiastic for Rackers to be in on the ground floor of an industry changing movement.

Our passion for this project only grows and in an exciting turn of events, Rackspace has been chosen to host the Open Compute Summit at its headquarters in San Antonio, TX.

The semi-annual event, taking place on May 2nd and May 3rd, will include working sessions for top engineers across the tech industry to shape the OCP community and collectively develop the most efficient, and energy efficient, computing infrastructure possible.

As OCP board members we are proud to bring this exciting event to our headquarters, best known as the Castle.  The summit brings representatives of the OCP board including Facebook, Goldman-Sachs, Intel and Arista Networks together for brainstorming sessions, panel discussions, and a keynote address on the latest OCP projects.

The Open Compute Foundation is a rapidly growing community of engineers around the world whose mission is to design and enable the delivery of the most efficient server, storage and data center hardware designs for scalable computing. We believe that openly sharing ideas, specifications and other intellectual property is the key to maximizing innovation and reducing operational complexity in the scalable computing space. The Open Compute Project Foundation provides a structure in which individuals and organizations can share their intellectual property with Open Compute Projects.

Registration officially opens on March 19th. To learn more about OCP please visit

As Chief Operating Officer, Mark is responsible for the computing platforms on which Rackspace delivers products, services and support. An engineer by trade, Mark manages the Rackspace global infrastructure and associated services such as data center engineering & operations, hardware design & configuration, networking, infrastructure services (storage, backup, and data protection), supply chain and procurement. He is also is responsible for global security, internal enterprise IT and the customer service tools that enable Rackers to deliver Fanatical Support®. Mark started his career as an engineer at Compaq before moving into management, and later held senior leadership roles at Microsoft, Intuit, Sirius XM and eBay. Mark is regularly requested to participate on expert panels to discuss technology trends, supply chain innovation, net promoter programs and leadership. He has published articles in the fields of leadership, supply chain and digital & physical anti-counterfeiting technologies. Mark has been a strong supporter of charities dedicated to enriching the lives of children with disabilities. He is on the Board of Directors of Taelor's House Foundation and supports the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, Special Olympics and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. What does Mark like best about working at Rackspace? The culture. "If you give Rackers a vision and a strategy it will absolutely get done," he says. "There's nothing we think we can't do." Mark holds a BBA degree in management from Texas A&M University.


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