Red Hat joined Facebook's project to open-source the design and development of second-generation data centers to power Web and cloud services.
giant Red Hat has joined Facebook's Open Compute Project to collaborate on the
development of next-generation data centers.
Hat's first step as a member of the Open Compute Project was to certify its Red
Hat Enterprise Linux operating system to run on two servers based on the
project's specifications, the open-source software giant said Oct. 27. After
certification is complete, Red Hat is expected to test its Red Hat Enterprise
Virtualization platform and storage technologies it obtained as part of the
Gluster acquisition on those servers.
the Open Compute Project, Facebook is using the power of the open-source model
to redefine how data centers are designed and built. With our consistent focus
on innovation and end-user value, it was natural to take part in this project
to not only extend the benefits of Red Hat products to these systems, but to
also help expand the reach of open-source technologies as a whole," said
Brian Stevens, CTO and vice president of engineering at Red Hat.
launched the Open Compute Project in April after building a highly efficient
data center in Prineville, Ore. The data center is considered the most
efficient in the world in terms of power consumption, using 38 percent less
energy than the company's other data centers while costing 24 percent less. The
power usage effectiveness rating is 1.07, and only 7 percent of the power
brought into the facility is used to cool down the facility.
the facility required Facebook engineers to custom-design servers and all the
server-room hardware, including power supplies, battery backup systems and
racks, to meet their requirements. The company launched Open Compute Project
and published some of specifications and designs of the hardware developed for
Prineville. The aim was to encourage collaboration in designing hardware and
systems efficient enough for large and powerful Web data centers by a adopting
the model used in open-source software development.
sharing its hardware specifications with other companies, Facebook can get
suggestions on how to improve the servers faster than if the company's
engineers studied the systems on their own. Outsiders may spot inefficiencies
or add specific features that may help certain industries and improve the hardware
before internal engineers would have gotten around to implementing them.
Intel, Advanced Micro Devices and Asus have already contributed intellectual
property to the project, including motherboard and blade specifications. For
example, Intel and Facebook collaborated on the designs of two Intel
motherboards that met Open Compute Project specifications.
began a few short months ago as an audacious idea-what if hardware were
open?-is now a fully formed industry initiative, with a clear vision, a strong
base to build from and significant momentum," Frank Frankovsky, Facebook's
director of hardware design and supply chain, wrote on the Open Compute
also announced a new foundation that will guide the Open Compute Project at the
company's Open Compute Summit in New York City on Oct. 27. The Open Compute
Foundation will drive collaboration efforts, Frankovsky said.
need to continue to grow the community and enable it to take on new challenges.
We need to ensure that, as the community evolves, it retains its flat structure
and its merit-based approach to evaluating potential projects. And we need to
keep the community focused on delivering tangible results," Frankovsky
has another data center in North Carolina and at the Open Compute Summit
announced it will build its first European data center in Lulea, Sweden. The
facility is expected to go live in 2014 and will be three times the size of the