Yesterday’s Open Compute Summit in New York featured a who’s who of data center operations and design, including Amazon Web Services guru James Hamilton and Sun Microsystems co-founder Andreas von Bechtolsheim. While Facebook initiated the project, the Open Compute Foundation’s board is garnering unprecedented support from major players ranging from Rackspace to Goldman Sachs. It’s a great sign that IT companies do not view the energy optimization of data centers as an area where their businesses should be competing with each other. Rather, with concerns about the growing energy demands of IT, they’re cooperatively working to reduce their energy footprint. It’s a good, proactive step to ensure that in 20 years, we don’t look at IT as a drain on our energy supply but instead as a source of energy efficiency and innovation.