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Facebook has open sourced the code it uses to measure the energy and water consumption of its data centers, as well as the code for the dashboard that visualizes those readings in real time. Facebook first publicly shared the dashboard in April 2013 for its Prineville, Ore., and Forest City, N.C., data centers and it has been available online since. Facebook says cloud provider Rackspace helped get the code ready for open source and is considering implementing it for its data centers.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired four-star general Colin Powell is now Salesforce.com’s 11th board member. Neither board membership nor technology is new to Powell who is a director at Bloom Energy and a strategic limited partner at VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Powell served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005 and served in the U.S. Army for 35 years.

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Basho, a NoSQL startup whose Riak database competes against the likes of Cassandra in scale-out environments, has lost its CEO Greg Collins, CTO Justin Sheehy and Chief Architect Andy Gross. In an interview with the Register, Sheehy said the departures aren’t as bad as they look and that the company is in good hands. Perhaps, although whoever replaces Collins will be the company’s fourth CEO since it was founded in 2007, and neither of the company’s co-founders remain. Basho has raised more than $31 million in venture capital, with its last funding round of $11.1 million coming in July 2012.

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VMware is apparently constructing a new converged infrastructure appliance — under the codename Project Mystic — to be branded by parent company EMC. As CRN points out, this will impact VCE, the converged infrastructure company backed by VMware, Cisco and EMC. CRN’s Kevin McLaughlin noted that this could be a reaction to VCE’s decision to support Cisco’s ACI software-defined-networking technology instead of VMware’s NSX. VMware had no comment.

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