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.
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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.
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.