Rackspace unveiled its OnMetal cloud servers at Structure today. The servers, developed from Open Compute Project hardware, come in three different configurations, each tailored to handle a specific task.
Frank Frankovsky, one of the men responsible for Facebook’s foray into building hardware, has left the social networking giant to form his own startup.
By publicizing the server specs for its data center workloads, Microsoft could reap some rewards in its own supply chain, and be assured that it has a hand in the data center designs of the future.
In a 70-page white paper released Monday, Facebook, Qualcomm and Ericsson tried to connect the app and cloud world with carriers as part of the internet.org effort. Even if this doesn’t bring broadband to all, it’s a necessary conversation.
Facebook’s internet.org coalition wants to connect the rest of the world. But can it make transmitting mobile data more efficient or will it merely shift the costs around?
Building boards and designing circuits are all the rage in the consumer gadget world, but Facebook and the Open Compute Project are trying to bring that spirit to the enterprise.
Facebook confirmed a data center in Altoona, Iowa, the same day Google said it would also expand its data center operations in the state. As Facebook pushes transparency, it’s also pushing the notoriously secretive Google.
Backblaze pioneered the concept of open source storage hardware in 2009, and its designs have caught on. Hundreds of institutions — including Netflix and Shutterfly — use the designs, which have just entered their third generation.
A transmitter for an Open Compute server’s debug port won the Open Compute Project’s first hackathon.
New guidelines for the design of wider data center racks are available for discussion, according to the Open Compute Project. In theory, racks designed using the Open Rack 1.0 specification will allow more flexible, energy-efficient design of data center resources.
Follow along our tour as we take you on a rare journey through Facebook’s first data center in Prineville Oregon, which houses its Open Compute servers. We’ll bring you along the air flow route, and down into the secret server room:
Most companies in the market for a new data center deal in total secrecy with agents and data center providers under NDA. Cloud backup player Backblaze is turning that model on its head by publishing the RFP it’s using for its new data center.
Truly green data centers need to conserve water as well as power. Facebook just released the first water usage efficiency (WUE) number for one of its Prineville, Ore. facilities. While the figure is good, it could be better, the company said.
Yahoo’s patent fight may end up targeting technologies like memcached and the those used by the Open Compute movement. Or maybe it’s just trying to join the Open Compute party and figured a veiled threat might be the best way.
What will Facebook do with the ginormous amount of money it will raise as part of its forthcoming IPO? No one knows – except a big piece of it will go towards building its backend infrastructure that can manage a billion users and all those Facebook connections.
Google is a champ when it comes to its infrastructure, and a blog shows the search giant is running its data centers at a PUE of 1.14. Compared to Facebook, it has room for improvement, but what about when ranked against Apple, Amazon and Microsoft?
While 2011 was a busy year for the tech industry, don’t expect things to slow down in 2012. We’ve rounded up some of GigaOM’s biggest stories of the year with a bit of insight on what each will mean for 2012.
James Hamilton, VP and distinguished engineer for Amazon Web Services, has some hot tips on building or running a cooler, and more energy-efficient data center. Hamilton, something of a data center rock star, spoke at a recent Open Compute Project event.
Amazon’s data center whiz James Hamilton and Sun Microsystems’ co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim starred at the Open Compute Foundation debut in New York Thursday. Here are the top five threads coming out of the event that could help you run a leaner, greener data center.
Less than two years after open sourcing the design of the 67TB “storage pods” that underpin its cloud backup service, Backblaze is at it again. This morning, it shared on its blog specs for a new, 135TB storage pod that costs only $7,384.
If you think people are over-sharing on the Internet today, brace yourself, says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. As the sharing booms, so will the online data. And Facebook plans to build more of its own data centers to deal with the coming data boom.
Jonathan Heiliger, Facebook’s vice president of Technical Operations, has been the Palo Alto-based web giant’s public face when it comes to all things infrastructure. And today he announced that he would leave the company at the end of the summer.
While Michael Dell is bummed he didn’t see the tablet revolution coming, he’s also not sweating it much, apparently. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the CEO of Dell Inc. says the company’s main focus remains the enterprise market.