Facebook-Led Open Compute Project Scales Up
The Facebook-led Open Compute Project is scaling up its efforts to promote open standards for very large data centers, with benefits that should trickle down to cloud computing startups and enterprises. The Open Compute Project was unveiled in April as a spinoff of Facebook’s green data center initiatives. Facebook’s initial contributions of server hardware and rack designs were based on those used in its Prineville, Ore., data center, which it says was able to achieve a power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratio of 1.07, indicating only a small fraction of power waste. That compares with 1.5 at other Facebook facilities, which is already in the “best practice” category according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards. A perfect PUE would be 1.0.