Open Compute Project

Facebook's perspective on serviceability and operational efficiency

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 · Posted by at 8:09 AM

UPDATED - Webinar on October 24, 2013

By Charlie Manese, Facebook Hardware Design team

At Facebook, because of our scale, we require that solutions deployed in our data center be engineered for maximum operational efficiency and serviceability.

The data center team works closely with the hardware design team to ensure this. Our designs incorporate features such as front-of-rack serviceability, toolless repair operations, and simplicity.

We’ve completed time-in-motion studies, streamlined processes for inventory and repair, and have developed scorecards to that help us evaluate and compare different hardware solutions.

Below is a table of the time-to-repair comparison of different kinds of web servers that have been deployed in our environment:

 Time to repair


If you're interested in learning more about how Facebook thinks about serviceability and operational efficiency, and you missed the original event, I'll be joining a Hyve webinar on October 24, 2013.


For more information on the event, please see


Hope to see you there!


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An expanded role for Cole Crawford

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 · Posted by at 9:27 AM

I have some exciting news to share: On behalf of my fellow board members, I'm pleased to announce that Cole Crawford has been promoted to executive director of the Open Compute Foundation.

Cole joined us a little less than a year ago as the foundation's first full-time employee. Since then, many of you have gotten to know Cole and have been exposed to his talent for building communities and his passion for pursuing the vision behind Open Compute.

Since Cole joined, we've launched a new Compliance & Interoperability project; formed new chapters in Tokyo and Taiwan; kicked off a series of engineering workshops (the most recent of which was held last week in New York); and seen impressive momentum in adding new members, new participants, and new technology contributions to the project.

As executive director, Cole will continue to expand his efforts, with a specific focus on further operationalizing the foundation, growing our full-time staff, and building up even more momentum in technology contributions and project participation.

Please join me in congratulating Cole on his new role!

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OCP Engineering Workshop at LinuxCon Europe - Registration Open

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 · Posted by at 8:39 AM


UPDATED 17 Oct 2013 - Schedule

UPDATED 15 Oct 2013 - Dates

Registration for the  Open Compute Project (OCP) Engineering Workshop which will be co-located with LinuxCon Europe will take place on Monday 21 October 2013 is now open!

To register for this event, visit  The event is password protected;  to get the password, please contact me at

This workshop will focus on OCP Networking and Community building.

While this OCP Engineering Workshop will focus on Community and Networking, we also have time available to discuss the other projects within OCP and welcome your suggestions and submissions for presentation ideas.

Cole Crawford, Executive Director and Amber Graner, Community Manager for OCP will be leading this workshop.  Below is the tentative schedule. Please note this schedule subject to change and as presentations are scheduled I will be updating this information.

10:00 - 10:30: Cole Crawford - Welcome and Networking overview

10:30 - 11:30: Amber Graner - OCP Community Building

11:30 - 12:00: Will Mapp, Severgy

12:00 -1:00: Lunch

1:00 - 1:30: Michael Dimelow, ARM

1:30 - 2:00: Jeff Marcom, Canonical

2:00-3:00: Networking / Break

3:30 - 4:00: Andrea Gallo, Linaro

4:00 - 4:30: Discussion about OCP Europe Community Formation

4:30 - EOD: General Q&A; Wrap-up 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event.  If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring this workshop please email Stephainie Loayza

Hotel and transportation information to this event can be found at:


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Registration Opens for the OCP Engineering Workshop - Seoul Korea

Monday, October 21, 2013 · Posted by at 12:14 PM

Registration is now open for the Open Compute Project (OCP) Engineering Workshop Seoul Korea which will take place from 8am to 6pm at the Ritz Carlton Seoul on November 14, 2013.

To register for this event, visit  The event is password protected;  to get the password, please contact John Kenevy at

This workshop and will be co-located with Korea Linux Forum.

While the exact schedule is not set the lineup of speakers so far is:


*   Dan Lee from Facebook, talk 'Facebook Prineville Data Center Evaporative Cooling - Methods, Costs and Efficiencies'.

*   Ko Ise from Datahotel, talk 'Building an OCP datacenter in Japan using snow cooling'.

*   Pierluigi Sarti, Facebook system architect 'Next generation of open rack moving to the disaggregated datacenter'.

*   Charlie Manese, OCP VP of business dev, 'OCP project update with a focus on Certification and Interoperability labs in Taiwan and USA'

*   John Kenevey, Facebook, OCP growth in the regions.

*   Along with speakers from the supply chain, local scale compute players and more

Register today!

Hotel and transportation information to this event can be found at:

More information about OCP and how you can participate can be found at:


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OCP Engineering Workshop - UTSA, San Antonio - Now Open!

Thursday, October 24, 2013 · Posted by at 2:29 AM

Register Today!

Registration for the OCP Engineering Workshop which will take place at UTSA in San Antonio, Texas on November 13 is now open!

Please email Amber Graner for the password and then register here.

This workshop will be held at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

This workshop will focus on the OCP Compliance and Interoperability Project’s Ready and Certification process; however, all OCP projects have been invited to conduct sessions at this event as these projects touch and impact the technologies across the project teams.

As the schedule is formalized we will be updating both this blog post and the events page on the website. Below is a tentative generic schedule and as such subject to change.

Tentative Schedule

  • 8:00a-9:00a: Registration/Breakfast

  • 9:00a-10:30a: Welcome/Open Compute Project Foundation Update

  • 10:30a-12:00p: Working Project Group Breakouts

  • 12:00p-1:00p: Lunch

  • 1:00p-6:00p: Working Project Group Breakouts

See you in San Antonio! 

Venue/Hotel Information


University of Texas at San Antonio

Hotel & Travel: TBD


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