11 Apr '11, 9pm

Facebook Pulls Back Curtain on Green Data Center Secrets

Facebook Pulls Back Curtain on Green Data Center Secrets

Facebook has launched a major new initiative designed to share its server and data center designs with rivals, in a move that the company claims could save enough energy to power more than 100,000 homes. The Open Compute Project (OCP) will allow the wider IT industry to access the design secrets behind the social network's new data center in Prineville, Ore., which the company says uses 38 percent less power than existing server farms. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said that engineers have been working for the past 18 months on new designs that would fit large-scale computing needs while significantly enhancing energy efficiency. "We want to share that knowledge with the industry and make server and data center design open," he said. "We're trying to foster ecosystems for the development of business startups. It's really cool. We're not the only ones who need th...

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