Microsoft reveals its server designs and releases open source code

Redmond joins Facebook’s Open Compute, intends to make servers more efficient. Microsoft Microsoft has joined the Open Compute Project, a consortium that Facebook created to share the designs of servers and other equipment that power the Internet’s largest data centers. Like other Internet giants, Microsoft designs its own servers to be more efficient than standard boxes ...

Meet Facebook’s new network architecture: it’s a fabric

This was posted originally on Gigaom. SUMMARY:Facebook experiences 1,000 times more traffic inside its data centers than it sends to and receives from outside users. That traffic growth has prompted the social network to design a fabric networking architecture. Facebook, in its quest to serve its more than 1 billion users, has redesigned its network ...

Facebook opens data center filled entirely with servers it designed

Vendor-neutral hardware designs make Facebook data center more efficient. Sweet looking server racks in a Facebook data center. Facebook today opened a new data center in Luleå, Sweden, making it the company’s first in Europe and the first to use only servers designed by Facebook itself. The milestone is a result of Facebook’s two-year-old Open ...

Heck yeah! Facebook’s Open Compute Project is making an open source switch

  photo: Stacey Higginbotham SUMMARY:Not content with open sourcing the server and storage hardware inside data centers, Facebook’s Open Compute Project has teamed up with others to build an open source top of rack switch. Here’s why it matters. The Open Compute Project, which Facebook launched a little more than two years ago, has decided ...

Facebook aims to knock Cisco down a peg with open network hardware

Facebook’s Open Compute Project to give the world an “open” top-of-rack switch. Facebook already designs its own servers and racks. Next up, Facebook and friends will design switches to compete against Cisco. Facebook Two years ago, Facebook set out to change the server and storage industries by creating freely available hardware designs that gave customers ...