(The Hosting News) – Facebook’s Open Compute Project has the goal of making designs in the data center market more open. Doing this, the intent is to make facilities run more efficiently (in the area of energy) and to lower construction and operating costs.
Many designers have joined the project since its launch in April.
On Friday it was revealed that one of the world’s largest data center operators would be joining the Open Compute Project’s cause. According to Data Center Knowledge, Digital Realty Trust is now on board.
By joining, Digital Realty is expected to provide its users with a choice of adding designs made available through the Open Compute Project.
Facebook, who operates the Open Compute Project has custom built their own data centers. The social network has facilities in the U.S. states of North Carolina and Oregon. Meanwhile, it was recently reported that they would be constructing their first outside the United States in Lulea, Sweden (which happens to be not far from the Arctic circle).
The Open Compute Project’s site offers specification downloads for data center designs that include motherboards, racks, and more.
According to Data Center Knowledge, concerning Digital Realty’s participation in the project, Digital Realty Trust CTO Jim Smith stated, “It opens up a professional opportunity for us. It’s very simple for us to make an adaptation and deploy Open Compute designs. We are focused on what’s going on in the industry, and we’re all focused on efficiency.”
Digital Realty Trust is a giant player in the data center market and will surely increase the Open Compute Project’s popularity. The provider has a large number of facilities located in North America, Europe, and Asia. Just recently the company announced that it had closed a one and a half billion dollar global credit facility.
For more information on the matter, view a report by Data Center Knowledge here (datacenterknowledge.com).