I’m not quite sure what to expect from this (it has smatterings of a “post-cloud” backlash, if such a thing were possible), but Jessie Frazelle and other luminaries have ganged up to do hardware for on-premises deployments.
Having kept track of the Open Compute Project and the massive scale of global data center deployments for many years I can’t avoid being skeptical about this, but it promises to be interesting to keep track of for the people involved alone.
Here in Portugal, at least, most SMEs doing on-premises stuff can just rent out cheap blade servers and drop literally anything on them, so I just don’t see a profit angle.
But I’d love to see someone deliver power-efficient, modular ARM servers that ran a managed Kubernetes stack out of the box. I just don’t know how big the market for that kind of thing would be.