For sale: Used hyperscaler servers from Amazon, Facebook

For sale Used hyperscaler servers from Amazon Facebook

A reseller of used IT {hardware} plans to market decommissioned data-center tools from hyperscale operators like Facebook and Google.

ITRenew introduced the scheme on the current Open Compute Project (OCP) convention, promising to promote full servers beforehand owned by the massive operators, refurbished, warrantied, and configured for turnkey makes use of like webserving and Kubernetes.

Making the announcement at OCP dovetails the venture’s objective to proliferate open-design, extremely scalable, energy-efficient knowledge facilities with ITRenew’s specialty of promoting used IT {hardware} as techniques fairly than as elements. Selling the gear to service suppliers and mainstream enterprises will advance the reason for making data-center {hardware} as interchangeable as doable and keep away from proprietary vendor lock-in.

OCP’s CTO Bill Carter mentioned there’s a proliferation of retired gear due to the huge development of hyperscalers who would fairly put newer, extra highly effective gear in the identical house fairly than construct out new house. With the core counts from Intel and AMD skyrocketing, a 2U server from 2020 is rather more highly effective than a 2U from 2018.

And Carter notes, “That’s newer than a lot of equipment being used in IT these days.”

He says reselling complete servers wasn’t carried out even a 12 months in the past; recycled gear was bought on a part stage. “When you have these mega data centers commissioning 100,000 units every year, you’re also taking out tens of thousands of old equipment every quarter. Now I can set up an assembly line to recondition it,” he says.

Ali Fenn, president of ITRenew, additionally famous that hyperscale refresh cycles are very aggressive. Many of those hyperscale operators don’t even have warranties, she says, as a result of they don’t want the help. If a server breaks down, there are tens of 1000’s of fallback servers and so they simply take it out of service and change it.

The tools bought by ITRenew and OCP comes from quite a few unique design producers (ODM) like WiWynn and Quanta that promote unbranded tools to the hyperscalers. ITRenew turns it into rack-scale gear for the broader international markets and model them as Sesame by ITRenew. It doesn’t use gear from the massive OEMs like HPE and Dell.

ITRenew integrates elements wanted for telcos, service suppliers and mainstream enterprises, refreshes and recertifies each machine and supplies a three-year normal guarantee with an possibility for six-years.

“This is advanced, high-performance, proven technology, and the failure rates we see are on par with new equipment. Consider this the equivalent of certified, pre-owned BMWs with five thousand miles on them,” she mentioned through e mail.

Price depends upon configuration, however ITRenew typically says its whole value of possession is 40-50% decrease than for comparable OEM tools.

Fenn says ITRenew prospects are primarily Tier 2/3/four providers suppliers, enterprises doing personal cloud, and telcos, globally.  Most widespread workloads embody quite a lot of web apps, Kubernetes, virtualized environments, converged, and AI/ ML.   

“Customers are those that have wanted access to ODM equipment but who have as yet been unable to get due to the inability of the major ODMs to deliver full solutions, and to service and support smaller scale customers than the hyperscalers,” she says. 

Many off-brand ODMs like Inspur and WiWynn promote solely to the tier 1 hyperscalers (Amazon, Facebook, Google, and so forth) however haven’t made an effort to construct up gross sales groups to promote to the enterprise. After all, when you’ve a half dozen prospects shopping for 1 / 4 million servers each month, why hassle?

The refurbished gear is bought by the OCP Marketplace on its site.

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