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.