(The Hosting News) – Concerning the data center industry, openness isn’t always guaranteed. Take for example competing designs that don’t necessarily emphasize the prospect of sharing.
Could some type of design confidentiality actually be hurting the advancement of data center technology?
Earlier this year, in April, social networking giant Facebook sought to make the data center industry more open. Why? So it becomes more efficient.
Not only is the social network creating its own data centers, servers and software, it’s also sharing them with the world (open-source).
Besides just sharing its own designs, Facebook is getting other companies and engineers to join the project as well.
On the Mission and Principles section of their site, the Open Compute Project states, “We believe that openly sharing ideas, specifications and other intellectual property is the key to maximizing innovation and reducing operational complexity in the scalable computing space.”
“The Open Compute Project Foundation provides a structure in which individuals and organizations can share their intellectual property with Open Compute Projects,” the statement continues.
And engineers appear eager to participate. Just this week, top data center solutions provider Future Facilities announced plans to participate in the Open Compute Project.
Making comments in a company press release, Future Facilities North America GM Sherman Ikemoto stated, “Facebook’s Open Compute Project is serving a very important need that will help establish benchmarks and reduce costs for the data centers industry.”
When it comes to data centers, Future Facilities specializes in software modules, design, design, and management.
Meanwhile, the project recently held its Open Compute Summit in New York City.
So it appears that Facebook has indeed ventured outside the realm of social networking. How much efficiency will this newly sought openness bring to the data industry? Only time will tell. For further information on the Open Compute Project, visit: http://opencompute.org/