SAN JOSE, Calif. – Facebook is creating the next generation of open hardware, building new technologies into its data center platform. The social network is leveraging an alphabet soup of powerful technologies – including SSDs, GPUs, NVM and JBOFs – to build new servers and storage gear to accelerate its infrastructure.
Equinix has joined the Open Compute Project and will make use of Facebook-designed Wedge switches in its international chain of 145 data centers. The move puts one of the premier data center and telecommunications hub operators behind the Open Compute Project, which has been backed by firms in the financial services industry such as Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, CapitalOne, and Fidelity, but has not seen broader support.
Microsoft is taking a major step in the world of free, open-source software. The Windows maker has announced that it is giving away Sonic, its own designed software, to users for free. At the Open Compute Project US Summit, Microsoft announced that it is proposing to contribute Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (Sonic) to the project.
Google already worked with Facebook on a new data center project. Google, a company that knows a lot about data center hardware, has officially joined the Open Compute Project, a group formed by Facebook five years ago to build efficient “open source” data center hardware.
SAN JOSE, California – After developing its niche in the hyperscale community, the Open Compute Project is now being embraced by telecom service providers looking to bring new services to market quickly and at scale.
SUNNYVALE, Calif. and YOKNEAM, Israel — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today unveiled its next-generation Open Composable Networks (OCN) platform at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has begun to accelerate its purchase of cheaper servers running open source software. It’s the outgrowth of an open source project begun by Facebook Inc. in 2011 to re-engineer the hardware in its own data centers to be more efficient. Many companies including Goldman Sachs have since contributed to the project.
Nokia is using Open Compute Project designs in its AirFrame portfolio of data center equipment for telecoms companies, endorsing the Project’s move into the telco space. Last month, Open Compute Project (OCP), the Facebook-founded scheme to share open specifications for efficient hardware for webscale data centers, announced a Telco Project subgroup in January, with large operators including AT&T, Verizon and Deutsche Telekom. Alongside this announcement, Nokia announced that OCP designs would be included in the AirFrame telco data center products it launched in summer of 2015.
Facebook is bringing its Open Compute Project model of open-sourced industry collaboration on servers and storage to the telecommunications sector with its launch of the Telecom Infra Project Sunday. Jay Parikh, the social network’s global head of engineering and infrastructure, said in a Newsroom post that the initiative—which was announced last month as the OCP Telco Project–is aimed at combining the efforts of telecommunications operators, infrastructure providers, system integrators and other technology companies to “collaborate on the development of new technologies and reimagine traditional approaches to building and deploying telecom network infrastructure.”
The Open Compute Project (OCP), the Facebook-born initiative to make datacenter computing more scalable, efficient and affordable through open software and hardware, has taken another step forward by securing the support of several telecommunications companies as it launches a new telco project.
Similar to open source software, the open source hardware movement encourages crowdsourcing and collaboration, opening the door for faster advancements. As enterprises move workloads into public clouds, there is less need for telecos to connect them. To remain competitive, telecom providers need to adopt network technologies such as software-defined networking and network functions virtualization.
GOOGLE RUNS ONE of the largest computer networks on Earth, a web of machines that extends from Oregon to Finland to Taiwan. This is how it delivers so many Internet services to so many people in so many countries so quickly, from Google Search to Google Maps to YouTube. The irony is that Google built this vast network without much help from companies like Cisco, Dell, HP, and IBM—companies that supply the hardware for most of the world’s computer networks. Google, you see,designs its own hardware.
More bang for the buck when it comes to data center gear. Mobile phone carriers are feeling the pain as more people watch their favorite movies and TV shows on their smartphones. One way AT&T and Verizon are responding to that huge appetite for data is by experimenting with new open source softwaretechnologies that are typically created by researchers and volunteers and made available for free. Those technologies gives data center operators more flexibility for less money.
Social media titan Facebook will soon have a touch of green to go with its trademark blue. The company announced over the weekend that it will open a new European data center in the Irish town of Clonee, not quite 10 miles west of Dublin, Ireland’s capital. The new facility will mark the sixth data center that Facebook operates globally. Construction is slated to start soon, with completion estimated in about two years.
Penguin Computing has renewed as a Platinum Member of Open Compute Project (OCP). Leading with the OCP-based TundraExtreme Scale (ES) Series, Penguin was recently awarded the CTS-1 contract with the NNSA to bolster computing for national security at Los Alamos, Sandia and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories.