Monthly Archives: November 2012
Cloud industry veteran Cole Crawford has joined the Open Compute Foundation as its chief operating officer. The foundation manages the Open Compute Project (OCP), which was formed more than one year ago to open source data center hardware designs developed by Facebook. Crawford previously worked for OpenStack and Nebula and advised the Linux Foundation. He started with OCP by volunteering as chair of the storage project, where he led the effort to develop the Open Vault storage server specification.
Facebook has managed to make its newest data center in North Carolina more efficient than the one it built in Prineville, Ore., despite the sweltering heat of the Carolina summer. By using open-air cooling and its Open Compute Foundation servers, Facebook has achieved a PUE score of 1.07 (the Prineville facility has a PUE of 1.09). PUE, or power usage effectiveness, is a metric that divides how much energy a data center uses in total by how much its IT equipment uses, and the closer you are to one the more efficient your data center is.
Facebook is sponsoring an Open Compute Foundation contest with Purdue to develop a more sustainable server chassis. The goal of the contest is to build a biodegradable box — instead of steel casing — to hold the innards of a server. Since most companies replace their servers every two to three years (the Purdue contest site says four), why not make the case out of something that doesn’t need to be recycled at the end of its rather short life? From the design challenge web site
Data centers have a nasty reputation for pollution. Now Facebook has launched a contest to solve one of the computing world’s biggest ecological problems. It wants to make computers out of biodegradable, compostable materials like cardboard, reports Stacey Higginbotham on GigaOM. The idea is part of Facebook’s Open Compute Project. That effort designs custom, eco-friendly servers for the social media giant, launching an entirely new segment of the hardware industry in the process.
CIO — Facebook’s state of the art data center in Oregon uses 38 percent less power and costs 24 percent less to run that its older data centers. These figures are astounding, and they should certainly make any cost-conscious CIO sit up and take notice. What’s the secret behind these savings? The company honored its hacker roots by custom-designing both the data center itself, and the servers (and management tools) inside it, from the ground up. It’s akin to what Google has been doing for the past 10 years or so, but the good news is that–unlike Google–Facebook has not kept what it has achieved and how it has achieved it a secret at all.