Facebook Sharing Its Data Center Technology

Facebook launched the Open Compute Project, an initiative with the goal of developing servers and data centers using the model associated with open source software projects.

 By Ainsley Jones
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the company's Open Compute Project this week at the company's headquarters at a news event in Palo Alto, Calif. The social networking giant will share the designs and specifications behind the servers at its custom data center in Pineville, Ore

Facebook's air-conditioning-free facility has a PUE of 1.073 and has resulted in a data center that is 38 percent more efficient and 24 percent less expensive to build and operate than existing data centers.

At the news conference, Zuckerberg said:

We're trying to foster this ecosystem where developers can easily build startups. By sharing this, we think we can make it more efficient for this ecosystem to grow. 

In making the technology widely accessible, Facebook hopes to promote innovation and energy conservation, reports Sustainable Business Oregon. Companies like Dell, HP and Intel are partnering with Facebook in the development of its open-source designs. Others, including the U.S. Department of Energy have pledged support and have committed to adopting elements of the technology for use in their own data centers and servers, according to Financial Times.

This article was originally published on Apr 8, 2011
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