Water Efficiency at Facebook's Prineville Data Center

For Facebook, good data center design is all about efficiency — how efficiently we use energy, materials, and water, and how they tie together to bring about cost efficiency. We've previously shared information on energy and materials efficiency, and today we're releasing our first water usage effec (...)

Open Rack Design Guide Available

The Open Rack is the first rack standard that is designed for data centers, one that integrates the rack directly into data center infrastructure. Today we released a design guide for Open Rack. This guide provides specifications and guidelines to show suppliers of IT equipment how they can build s (...)

Deploying OCP Hardware in a Co-Located Facility

Most companies lease space in data centers instead of building their own; this isn't news to anyone in this space. But what might be news is that leasing space isn't a barrier to deploying highly efficient Open Compute Project servers. In fact, there are two ways you can use OCP hardware in a co-lo: (...)

Register Now for the Next Open Compute Summit!

We're excited to announce that we've opened registration for the fourth Open Compute Summit, to be held January 16-17, 2013, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif.The Open Compute Project is just over one year old, and the community keeps growing, as do the summits. The 2012 sum (...)

Cooling an OCP Data Center in a Hot and Humid Climate

Building a data center based on Open Compute Project designs in a relatively hot and humid area like Forest City, North Carolina, presented some interesting challenges. Chief among them, of course, was whether the 100% outdoor air cooling system Facebook debuted in our Prineville, Oregon, facility c (...)

Cole Crawford Joins the Foundation as COO

The Open Compute Foundation is excited to welcome Cole Crawford, who has joined the foundation as its chief operating officer. Cole is an industry-recognized leader on cloud and scale computing, and he has been involved with open source since 1992, working for OpenStack and Nebula and advising the L (...)

OCP Hardware Hack!

OCP is hosting its first hardware hackathon at the upcoming Open Compute Summit, January 16-17, 2013 in Santa Clara, California. Starting today, you can register for the hack. We are limiting attendance to 100 people. Registering for the hack also registers you for the entire OCP summit, so you can (...)

Tim O'Reilly to Deliver a Keynote at the Open Compute Summit IV

The next Open Compute Summit is less than 4 weeks away! Here are a few things you need to know before the summit starts on Jan. 16: We're finalizing the agenda now and will have a great lineup of keynote speakers, executive sessions, and technical tracks. Tim O'Reilly will deliver one of the keyno (...)

Building a Better Server Chassis

The academic community has long been a model for open collaboration and for innovation in sustainable technologies, and that’s something we’re hoping to tap into as the Open Compute Project evolves. With that in mind, we’re pleased to announce a design challenge with Purdue University's College of T (...)

Enabling Innovation Where It Matters

It's amazing how much can happen in a year. Last April, when we open sourced a set of server and data center designs under the name "Open Compute Project," we weren't sure what to expect. It was our hope that we could inspire the industry to be a little more open, a little more innovative, and a lit (...)