Monthly Archives: June 2013
The Open Compute Project hosted its second-ever hardware hackathon on Tuesday and the winning hack, a paired board that allowed for remote monitoring and diagnostics of servers was presented onstage at the GigaOM Structure conferencein San Francisco Wednesday. The winning project was designed by a team that called themselves the Cheesemongers. Their boards were called Cheesy Finger (that’s the board that plugs into each server) and The Big Cheese, the board that sends the collected information from the cheesy fingers to an iPad app. Matt Gambardella, whose day job is at Nebula, led the winning team.
The Open Compute Project community keeps growing! We’re excited to welcome the OCP Taiwan chapter, which launched May 23, 2013. It’s the second international chapter, after OCP Japan. OCPT, through its founding member Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), will set up an OCP Certification Lab in Taiwan. The lab will certify that submissions to the Open Compute Foundation adhere to the agreed upon community standards set out by the Compliance and Interoperability project.
The launch of two new features into the Open Compute hardware specifications on Wednesday has managed to do what Facebook has been threatening to do since it began building its vanity-free hardware back in 2010. The company has blown up the server — reducing it to interchangeable components. With this step it has disrupted the hardware business from the chips all the way up to the switches. It has also killed the server business, which IDC estimates will bring in $55 billion in revenue for 2012.
With the PRISM debacle having pushed data protection way up the list of European concerns these days, this is quite good timing: Facebook’s first data center in Europe – or indeed anywhere outside the U.S. — is now handling traffic from around the world. The data center is sited in Luleå on the northern Swedish coast, and it went live on Wednesday. As with Google’s new Finnish data center, Facebook is counting on the northern European environment to help cut cooling costs – not by way of seawater cooling, this time, but using good old cold air. The remaining excess heat is used to keep the associated offices warm.