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Hardware innovation for the cloud

Reimagining hyperscale, open-source hardware development that’s shared across the industry

With Open Compute Project and other ground-breaking collaborations, Microsoft is bringing hardware design and development into the open, making way for unprecedented innovation that benefits everyone.

Open Compute Project

Open Compute Project (OCP) is a global community of technology leaders working together to unlock proprietary IT infrastructure to make hardware more efficient, flexible and scalable, enabling greater choice, customisation and cost savings for customers.

This leading-edge open development model promotes a vibrant industry ecosystem for global data centre deployment in the cloud. We’re sharing the same server and data centre designs that power our Azure hyperscale cloud so that organisations of all sizes can improve the performance, efficiency, power consumption and costs of their data centres.

Hear about the recent announcements from Kushagra Vaid, Distinguished Engineer with the Cloud Server Infrastructure team, and Mark Russinovich, Azure Chief Technology Officer. Watch the video.

Project Olympus

Our next-generation hyperscale cloud hardware design and new model for open-source hardware development delivers innovation at scale. All design specifications are open-source and contribute to OCP, which is key for bringing the benefits of open source to the broader industry.

Project Olympus enables IT and data centre operators to take advantage of community-developed innovation and to scale proven hardware designs for their specific usage models.



This new open-sourced industry standard for platform security has been collaboratively developed by the OCP community. Cerberus provides a critical component for security protection that’s been missing from server hardware: adding protection, detection and recovery from attacks on platform firmware. Cerberus enables a more secure firmware implementation on all platform types across the industry, from data centre to IoT devices. The Cerberus specification also supports hierarchal root of trust, so platform security can be extended to all I/O peripherals using the same architectural principles.


Denali is a streamlined solid state drive (SSD) architecture that also sets a new industry standard – unlocking innovation, improving reliability and speeding time to market. The firmware is simplified and the interface is standardised, reducing the complexity of these components while lowering virtual machine cost and improving performance. Denali enables closer control of drive behaviour and tailoring of the drive to specific workloads, as well as faster validation and deployment of new technologies.