Category Archives: 2014 San Jose
This was a busy week for digital storage meetings with the Facebook sponsored Open Compute Project Summit right across the street from the SNIA Winter Symposium and the Non-Volatile Memory Storage Industry Summit. I want to talk about both events and their implications to the future of digital storage. This piece will cover some observations about digital storage at the Open Compute event.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Facebook once contemplated building its own software to manage its massive data center infrastructure. But after a lengthy review of its options, the company has opted to use software from CA Technologies to track and manage its data center capacity. The announcement is a significant win for CA, which beat out a dozen companies for the high-profile deal. Facebook will use CA Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software to bring together millions of energy-related data points from physical and IT resources in its global data centers to improve power efficiency.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Mark Zuckerberg was in his element. Mr. Zuckerberg, whose social network turns 10 years old next week, spoke Tuesday at a meeting of the Open Compute Project. Open Compute is an initiative that Facebook started three years ago to help big computing centers add the kind of cost cuts and efficiency gains that open-source software — where programmers share ideas and code across company, university and even national boundaries — to single computer servers and Web management.
At last year’s Open Compute Summit, Facebook VP of Engineering Jay Parikh suggested the company might consider Blu-ray discs as a medium for improving durability and cutting costs for its long-term cold storage efforts. Now, Parikh said Tuesday during a keynote at this year’s event, the company is actually doing it. Facebook has built a prototype Blu-ray system capable of storing 10,000 discs and 1 petabyte of data in a single cabinet, with plans to scale it to 5 petabytes per cabinet. Blu-ray storage would save the company 50 percent in costs and 80 percent in energy usage over its existing hard-disk-based cold storage methods, Parikh said, and will provide 50 years worth of durability for data stored on the discs.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Over the last three years, Facebook has saved more than $1.2 billion by using Open Compute designs to streamline its data centers and servers, the company said today. Those massive gains savings are the result of hundreds of small improvements in design, architecture and process, write large across hundreds of thousands of servers.
The fifth summit of the Open Compute Project is happening on Tuesday, and Microsoft has revealed that it is the latest member to join the group, a Facebook-founded initiative that sees the company and its partners commit to developing and sharing designs for data center infrastructure. Bill Laing, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for cloud and enterprise, says in a blog post that Microsoft will contribute what it calls its “cloud server specification” to OCP.