Monthly Archives: May 2012
SAN ANTONIO – In the battle for the hyper-scale data center, long-dominant server OEMs like Dell and HP are doing battle with a growing challenge from firms offering custom server designs. If you’re looking for the front lines in this battle, look no farther than companies like Rackspace Hosting. Rackspace is one of the fastest-growing cloud computing providers. The San Antonio company spent $202 million on servers and storage for customers over the past year, adding more than 12,000 servers in its data centers.
Facebook’s year-old project to develop open-source hardware designs with the aim to build efficient data centres gained momentum on Wednesday, with some top technology companies joining the effort and introducing server designs. The company provided details about implementations of the open hardware designs and also announced new members of the Open Compute Project, including Hewlett-Packard, Advanced Micro Devices, Fidelity, Quanta, Tencent, Salesforce.com, VMware, Canonical and Supermicro.
FORTUNE — Facebook is known for creating the most popular social networking tool, not designing hardware. But the company has taken a do-it-yourself approach to building out its data centers and the servers and racks that fill them. The result? Data centers that are 38% more efficient and 24% cheaper than average, according to Frank Frankovsky, director of hardware design and supply chain at Facebook.
The server business last year netted vendors $34.4 billion on sales of 8
bmillion servers according to IDC, but those numbers don’t show how that business is changing. For that compare the growth in the traditional x86 market that sold those 8 million servers which grew a mere 3.7 percent year over year, to what IDC calls the densely optimized servers used in webscale deployments. That segment grew by 51.5 percent year over year in units sold, and now represent 3.2 percent of all server revenue and 6.1 percent of all server shipments.
Like some sea monster that destroys an entire harbor in its death throes, Yahoo’s patent fight may end up targeting open source infrastructure technologies such as memcached and the those used by the Open Compute movement. Or maybe it’s just trying to join the Open Compute party and figured a veiled threat might be the best way. Sarah Lacey picked up the news from Facebook’s revised S-1 yesterday afternoon, and while she portrays it as a giant troll lurking behind an innocent little girl, the other side isn’t in the story at all.
Yahoo has warned Facebook that the social networking giant may be infringing on 16 more of its patents. Yahoo sent a letter to Facebook last month alleging that the patents “may be relevant” to technology Facebook uses in its servers and data centers, Facebook disclosed in a regulatory filing Thursday. Facebook has data centers in Oregon and North Carolina. It developed its own servers to power those data centers.
CHIP DESIGNER AMD has announced its Roadrunner mainboard as part of its Open Compute project contribution that supports its Bulldozer and upcoming Piledriver Opterons. AMD’s Roadrunner motherboard is pitched towards financial firms looking to sift through large amounts of data in order to make bets with other people’s money. The Roadrunner motherboard supports AMD’s current generation Opteron 6000 series Bulldozer processors.
It’s been a little more than a year since Facebook showed off it’s newly built servers and data center technologies for webscale computing. But at its third Open Compute Summit the social networking giant and other members of the recently formed Open Compute Project are adding new partners, showing off cool use cases and adding new technologies to the standard. And surprisingly, it’s being done in a way that will enable hardware vendors to hold onto some of their margins and still deliver some innovations.
SAN ANTONIO – The Open Compute Project is ready to shake up the world of data center racks. The open source hardware project today outlined plans for Open Rack, which will seek to set a new standard for rack design for hyperscale data center environments. The biggest change is in the width of the server itself. Open Rack provides a 21-inch wide slot for servers, expanding upon the 19-inch width that has long been the standard for data center hardware. The wider form factor will create more room for improved thermal management, as well as better connections for power and cabling.
HP and Quanta are the latest to join the group, which at its conference also is showing off projects from the likes of Dell, Intel and AMD. The Open Compute Project, started by Facebook a year ago to create open-source standards for highly energy-efficient data centers and IT hardware, is racking up new members and unveiling a host of projects as the group€™s third conference gets underway in San Antonio, Texas.