Monthly Archives: November 2013

Facebook Ops: Each Staffer Manages 20,000 Servers

Delfina Eberly,  Director, Data Center Operations, Facebook, presented the Tuesday morning keynote about optimizing data center operations. In terms of hardware, Facebook, because it runs such an enormous volume of servers, focuses on serviceability, including starting from the ground up by influencing server design to ensure easiest and least time consuming methods to repair equipment in the data hall. (Photo by Colleen Miller.)SAN ANTONIO – Facebook has been an industry leader in building its Internet infrastructure for scalability. That includes the scalability of the people that work in the company’s data centers. Each Facebook data center operations staffer can manage at least 20,000 servers, and for some admins the number can be as high as 26,000 systems, according to Delfina Eberly, Director of Data Center Operations at Facebook. Eberly was the keynote speaker Tuesday morning at the7×24 Exchange 2013 Fall Conference, speaking on “Operations at Scale.”

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2013/11/20/facebook-ops-staffer-manages-20000-servers/

Open Compute Project Considers Switch Specs

The Open Compute Project (OCP) is pushing forward with its efforts to develop an open, OS-agnostic top-of-rack switch. Earlier this week, it highlighted four specifications from Broadcom, Cumulus Networks, Intel and Mellanox under consideration by the OCP incubation committee. The OCP was launched in 2011 by Facebook with a focus on developing open data center components such as racks and servers. The group, now a non-profit foundation, expanded its charter six months ago to include network hardware.

http://www.networkcomputing.com/networking/open-compute-project-considers-switch-specs/d/d-id/1234544?

Open Compute Reports Progress on Open Network Switch

facebook-najam-ahmad MENLO PARK, Calif. – The Open Compute network switch is moving closer to reality. Broadcom, Intel and Mellanox have each submitted specifications for a top-of-rack switch to the Open Compute Project, and were on hand at Facebook headquarters Monday to promote their contributions to the open-source hardware initiative.

http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2013/11/12/open-compute-reports-progress-open-network-switch/

Mellanox Proposes Contribution of 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch Specification to the Open Compute Project to Enable Cost and Energy-Efficient, Scalable Data Centers

Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced it is offering its SwitchX®-2 Top-of-Rack switch as a proposed contribution to the Open Compute Project. The SwitchX-2 switch dramatically improves power consumption, latency and density, enabling larger, efficient and more cost-effective data center designs. By open sourcing the designs for the switch, Mellanox is helping drive a faster pace of innovation and a great focus on efficiency and scale in data center technologies.

http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2013/11/11/mellanox-proposes-contribution-10-gigabit-ethernet-switch-specification-open-compute-proj?page=0,0

Progress in opening up the network

Just six months ago, we announced our intention to expand the charter of the Open Compute Project to include networking hardware. At the time, it was our hope that we could build on the momentum we’d established in opening up server, storage, and datacenter designs and collaborate with the broader community on the development of an open, OS-agnostic top-of-rack switch. Such a switch, we believed, would enable a faster pace of innovation in the development of networking hardware; help software-defined networking continue to evolve and flourish; and ultimately provide consumers of these technologies with the freedom they need to build infrastructures that are flexible, scalable, and efficient across the entire stack.

http://www.opencompute.org/blog/progress-in-opening-up-the-network-/

Facebook Likes Broadcom, Intel, Mellanox Switches

Intel's switch proposal uses three types of its chips. Click here to enlarge. SAN JOSE, Calif. — Broadcom, Intel, and Mellanox have developed competing specifications for datacenter switches, responding to a call from the Facebook-led Open Compute Project. OCP called earlier this year for open specs for software-agnostic leaf and spine switches to complement its existing specs for streamlined servers. The specs aim to speed innovation in networking hardware, “help software-defined networking continue to evolve and flourish,” and give big datacenter operators more flexibility in how they create cloud computing systems, said Frank Frankovsky, a Facebook datacenter executive and chair of the OCP Foundation in a blog posted Monday.

http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1320052