Today, Facebook launched its “Open Compute Project” to foster joint collaboration between companies that help run large Internet systems. Products like real time Facebook wall updates are great, but Mark Zuckerberg wants to improve the world’s servers so he can keep releasing new products. While it may be the less flashy side of Facebook, highlighting its infrastructure, server design and data center design is what makes all this sexiness happen.
Through Open Compute, Facebook is nurturing a better ecosystem for engineers that will drive efficiency and scale to help develop all social applications. Today, it released its new server design, which minimizes power consumption and cost while delivering the appropriate amount of power to drive a giant platform like Facebook. In fact, the servers are 38% more efficient than the servers they were previously leasing. And the sexy part? Facebook is sharing all of the specifications and design documents needed to create this technology, with the world.
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A complete nitty gritty rundown of Facebook’s new server design can be found at Gigaom.