Open19 began as a way to standardize data centers for servers, storage, and networking that can fit in any 19” data center rack environment. In doing so, they suggest it’s a community-based way to solve cost, efficiency and operational challenges of datacenter deployments. The service aimed at competing against some big name who were trying to do the same but at a much higher cost to users. Our goal was to enhance their brand and have their website aligned with their message and their desire to be part of the Linux Foundation. Following the site launch, they announced their partnership with the Linux Foundation which shifted some of our overall goals quickly but we were prepared to make those adjustments.
The original scope included a shopping system where consumers could directly reach services that provided the equipment for the Open19 system. That system remains in place today, based on WooCommerce but with additional capabilities for making direct inquiries. While we originally had a membership system in place, that was quickly switched out to leverage the Linux Foundation membership.
The new site is still live and can be checked out at www.open19.org