By Dan Mitchell, contributor
The data center business, as it currently exists, is a little too much like "Fight Club" (The first rule of servers: you do not talk about our servers) says Facebook's Jonathan Heiliger, vice president of technical operations.
For that reason, Facebook will share the designs for its new, innovative data center in Oregon with any company that wants to use them, or to improve upon them. Given the companies it worked with – Dell, AMD, Intel (INTC) and others -- it looks as though data centers are going open source.
The company on Thursday unveiled its Open Compute Project during an event at its Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters. The center and the servers it houses were designed in-house by Facebook to save energy and costs. As impressive as the designs are, only a company like Facebook could pull off-putting on such a big show to unveil a data center. Hundreds of reporters and others were on hand for the announcement. A video was shown that included heart-tugging, almost maudlin music played over sweeping shots of motherboards and server racks as if they were breathtaking mountain vistas. The company had shrouded the event in mystery, perhaps knowing that data center talks don't normally set (non-geeky) hearts pounding. More
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