Monthly Archives: May 2015

Former Facebook infrastructure exec’s cold storage startup bought by Sony

Frank Frankovsky, who helped oversee Facebook’s custom server effort, has sold his optical startup to Sony. And in the process, given Sony an entry into the growing data center market. Optical Archive Inc., a startup created by a former Facebook infrastructure guru that is using Blu-ray disks in place of hard drives or tape to store files, has been purchased by Sony for an undisclosed sum. The deal, which involves a startup that didn’t raise outside funding and doesn’t have a stated price tag, is significant because it involves Frank Frankovsky, the former head of Facebook’s Open Compute server efforts, who left the social networking company in 2014.

Walmart eyes Open Compute as OpenStack investment scales

imagesAmandeep Singh Juneja, Walmart senior director for cloud operations and engineering, explained the retail giant’s strategy to delegates at the OpenStack Summit 2015 in Vancouver. Having stood up one of the largest enterprise OpenStack deployments running in production, US mega-retailer Walmart is planning on taking another leap towards running a web-scale data centre by adopting the Open Compute framework.

Vapor IO Challenges Top Of Rack Management With Open MistOS

Vapor-IO-Vapor-ChambersOne of the biggest challenges in the data center industry is how to manage data center infrastructure. This is especially true at the rack. Each server vendor has a different approach, down to the way you handle server out-of-band management. Vapor IO hopes to eliminate what founder Cole Crawford calls “gratuitous differentiation” with Open MistOS (OMOS), a new Linux distribution that provides top-of-rack (TOR) management capabilities for data centers.

How Facebook’s cold storage preserves your old photos

drive-tray2Facebook has done a whole lot of work in order to keep your oldest and least popular photos neatly tucked away and ready to be served up whenever people want to look at them. Today Facebook is opening up about many of the ideas its infrastructure team has implemented in the two cold storage facilities it maintains at its data centers in Oregon and North Carolina. People share 2 billion photos on Facebook’s services every day, so Facebook needs to store them efficiently. And Facebook has made improvements on hardware and software to deal with that scale.