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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.
Frank Frankovsky, Facebook’s vice president of hardware design and supply chain optimization, who helped oversee the development and growth of the company’s custom server effort, has left the social networking company to form his own as-yet-unnamed startup that will focus on building optical storage for the enterprise. In an interview with me, Frankovsky said he had resigned from Facebook last week to pursue this idea. Meanwhile, Jason Taylor, Facebook’s director of infrastructure, has assumed responsibility for the hardware design and supply chain teams at Facebook and will continue working with the Open Compute Project on Facebook’s behalf.
Calxeda, the company bringing efficient ARM-based SOCs into the datacenter, is proud to announce today that Frank Frankovsky, chairman and president of the Open Compute Foundation, has joined its board of directors. Calxeda has worked closely with the Open Compute Project, joining as an official member in January 2013 with support for the OCP “Group Hug” common slot specification. Frankovsky had previously served as an informal advisor to Calxeda executives.
In part one of this Q&A with Facebook’s Frank Frankovsky, vice president of hardware design and supply chain operations, and Facebook’s Najam Ahmad, director of technical operations, we explored how the Open Compute Project’s open source switch will allow users to run any OS they see fit on open hardware. In part two of our conversation with Facebook, TechTarget explores how the Open Compute switch will affect the software-defined networking industry. Facebook also reveals that theOpen Networking Foundation had urged Open Compute to start the switch project.
LAS VEGAS — Interop — The Open Compute Project, which has brought open-source attitude (and results) to servers and storage, is going to tackle networking. Frank Frankovsky — the OCP’s chairman and, by day, vice president of hardware design at Facebook — announced the OCP Networking Project at the end of his Interop keynote Wednesday morning. The group’s first meeting happens next week at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and, in fine open-source fashion, everyone is welcome.
The Open Compute Project, aFacebook-led effort to remake the computer servers and data storage of the biggest computing centers, is broadening its aims to include networking as well. “There is really nothing in the data center that should be immune from the positive influence of open source,” said Frank Frankovsky, the vice president for hardware design and supply chain at Facebook and chairman of Open Compute. While there have beenother efforts to open source large scale computer networking, he noted, “so far the actual hardware has not been affected.”
Since Facebook kicked off the Open Compute Project by donating its overall data center design, the OCP Foundation has been chipping away at open sourcing designs for all of the critical components that go into the data center. Next up: network switches. In a keynote speech at Interop, Facebook VP of hardware design and supply chain Frank Frankovsky reviewed two years of progress at expanding the scope of the project, which now includes open designs for server racks and cold storage designs based on how Facebook handles your old photos.
The Open Compute Project, which Facebook launched a little more than two years ago, has decided that utterly disrupting the server and storage market isn’t enough. On Wednesday, it said it would solicit input on an open source top-of-rack switch. The project, in a presentation by Frank Frankovsy at Interop, said it was taking a slightly different tack with its design, deciding to get input from others before actually making and releasing the hardware to the community.
LAS VEGAS – Frank Frankovsky doesn’t work for a hardware vendor. He works for Facebook as a leader of the Open Compute Project. Open Compute has already delivered new open source designs for server and storage racks, disrupting those markets. That was, apparently, only the beginning. In a keynote at the Interop conference, Frankovsky took the stage after a string of proprietary hardware vendor executives and made it very clear that he’s cut from a different kind of cloth.
MENLO PARK, California — Since you last saw Frank Frankovsky, his beard has grown to epic lengths. And it suits him. As the man at the center of Facebook’s Open Compute Project, Frankovsky spent the last two years rethinking the very essence of the computer hardware that runs the company’s massive social network — and sharing his ever-evolving data center ideology with the rest of the tech world. He’s a kind of hardware philosopher. And now he looks like one too.
Something extraordinary is happening at Facebook. The company is working on an idea that that could disrupt some of the largest enterprise tech companies in the world like IBM, HP, Dell. Facebook is leading a project that pushes hardware vendors into a new, and open-source way of building servers. It’s called the Open Compute Project. Its goal is to do for commercial hardware what Linux did for commercial software — change the way it is designed, built, sold and supported.
FORTUNE — Facebook is known for creating the most popular social networking tool, not designing hardware. But the company has taken a do-it-yourself approach to building out its data centers and the servers and racks that fill them. The result? Data centers that are 38% more efficient and 24% cheaper than average, according to Frank Frankovsky, director of hardware design and supply chain at Facebook.
It’s been a little more than a year since Facebook showed off it’s newly built servers and data center technologies for webscale computing. But at its third Open Compute Summit the social networking giant and other members of the recently formed Open Compute Project are adding new partners, showing off cool use cases and adding new technologies to the standard. And surprisingly, it’s being done in a way that will enable hardware vendors to hold onto some of their margins and still deliver some innovations.
Frank Frankovsky, Director, Technical Operations at Facebook, talks to me about the Open Compute Project, which is a new Open Source foundation that lets companies that build data centers share their plans with each other and standardize around a very low-power data center plan. This means better services for all of us, because now companies can build highly-efficient datacenters that can pack in even more machines, which means more features for all of us.
Facebook’s Frank Frankovsky announces the formation of a non-profit foundation to oversee the Open Compute Project, which focuses on developing open source hardware designs. Photo by Colleen Miller. Is the data center industry on the verge of a revolution in which open source hardware designs transform the process of designing and building data centers? The Open Compute Project, an initiative begun in April by Facebook, is gaining partners, momentum and structure. Yesterday it unveiled a new foundation and board to shepherd the burgeoning movement.