Monthly Archives: November 2011
Mist me: Facebook’s data centers uses an evaporative cooling system in which air is cooled and humidified with misters, rather than the typical chiller. (Credit: Screen capture by Martin LaMonica/CNET) Facebook’s state-of-the-art data center houses awesome amounts of computing power, but the biggest technical challenge has been the air handlers.
The second Open Compute Project Summit was a resounding success, but that just means we as a community have a lot of work ahead of us to advance the goals and benefits of open hardware. Through a series of presentations by industry luminaries and technical workshops, hundreds of participants came together and discussed the Open Compute Project initiatives. The Open Compute Project Foundation and its board were announced. Modeled after the Apache Software Foundation, the OCP Foundation will design and deliver tangible goods and source files to let people deploy OCP hardware in their environments.
Facebook unveiled its green data center in Oregon this Spring, but now the social network giant has achieved another milestone: it’s been granted a LEED gold certification for the Oregon data center, which uses 52 percent less energy to operate than a standard data center. Facebook unveiled its green data center and energy efficient servers in Oregonthis Spring, but now the social network giant has achieved another milestone: it’s been granted a LEED gold certification for the Oregon data center, which uses 52 percent less energy to operate than a standard data center (hat tip Green Data Center Blog).
Facebook’s data center in Prineville, OR, has been one of the most energy efficient data center facilities in the world since it became operational early this year. Some of the innovative features of the electrical distribution system are DC backup and high voltage (480 VAC) distributions, which have eliminated the need for centralized UPS and 480V-to-208V transformation. The built-in penthouse houses the chiller-less air conditioning system that uses 100% airside economization and evaporative cooling to maintain the operating environment.
You want to build a leaner, greener data center? James Hamilton, VP and distinguished engineer for Amazon Web Services, has some suggestions for you. Speaking at a recent Open Compute Project event, Hamilton, who’s something of a rock star among the web infrastructure crowd, provided some food for thought. Here are some of his tips.
The overhead cabling in the Facebook data center in Prineville, Oregon, where the initial Open Compute Project designs were implemented. Are the custom hardware designs from the Open Compute Project only useful to companies building huge data centers? Or will they ever be practical for companies with smaller data centers? A new participant in the Open Compute initiative could play a crucial role in answering these questions.
Taipei, Nov. 8 (CNA) Shares of Wistron Corp., an ODM service provider for notebook computers and personal computer peripheral products, rallied Tuesday morning after local media reported that Facebook plans to set up a cloud-technology-based data center in Taiwan, dealers said. Already a server supplier to Facebook’s data center in North Carolina of the United States, Wistron is expected to secure additional large orders from the U.S.-based social network due to the presence of the new data center planned in the Central Taiwan Science Park, they said.
FREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Hyve Solutions, a division of SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX), and a leader in purpose-built, datacenter server and storage solutions, launches its own Open Compute Project proof-of-concept lab. As the first OCP Solutions Provider, Hyve Solutions has been a leader in educating and helping its datacenter customers understand and take advantage of the benefits of a more efficient and cost-effective datacenter that this technology provides. Now customers can view and interact with the latest OCP hardware in the Hyve Solutions lab environment.