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Google already worked with Facebook on a new data center project. Google, a company that knows a lot about data center hardware, has officially joined the Open Compute Project, a group formed by Facebook five years ago to build efficient “open source” data center hardware.
In a bid to reinvigorate its POWER processor architecture,IBM this week announced a new development alliance called the OpenPOWER Consortium, with Google, Mellanox, NVIDIA and Tyan as initial members. Battling a diminishing server market overall, on top of competition from the Open Compute Project and other industry initiatives, IBM hopes that OpenPOWER will build advanced server, networking, storage and GPU-acceleration technology on the POWER platform. The consortium makes POWER IP licensable to others and for the first time will make POWER hardware and software available to open development.
There are two trends happening in the IT hardware market, each gaining momentum but offering very different ways of outfitting data centers. On the one hand, companies with enormous data centers such as Facebook, Rackspace, Google and Goldman Sachs are creating their own compute, storage and network devices using cheap, commodity components. The pieces are built to a standard – organized by the Open Compute Project (OCP) – to ensure they interoperate, and they are then are assembled to create hardware that is finely tuned to the specific needs of an organization.
It has become clear that ARM is invading the data center as chips built using its designs grow more powerful for enterprise computing loads and as the workloads and economics of webscale computing make the ARM architecture more attractive. But using ARM cores also changes the cost of designing a new chip, and frees the non-CPU elements on the chip from being dictated by a specific vendor.