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 (...)

Open Compute Project: One Year In

We asked ourselves some questions a little over a year ago. What if we applied open-source software principles to thehardware industry? What if we could mobilize a community of passionate people dedicated to making data centers and hardware more efficient, shrinking their environmental footprint, wh (...)

Making It Real: Next Steps for the Open Compute Project

When we announcedthe initiation of the Open Compute Project earlier this year, we posed an audacious question to the industry: What if hardware were open?The benefits, if we could make it work, were clear enough: More openness and collaboration would likely mean a faster pace of innovation in infras (...)

More Effective Computing

Facebook's Prineville, Oregon, data center, which opened in April 2011, had a Power Usage Effectiveness PUE of 1.08 for the second quarter of 2011, compared to 1.07 in the first quarter1. For the first half of the year, this means 93% of the energy from the grid makes it into every Open Compute serv (...)

OCP + ODCA = Open Collaboration

Operating at Web scale, and doing so as efficiently as possible, is the next great challenge facing the IT industry. The Open Compute Project was formed to help us all meet that challenge; it's our hope that adopting an "open source" approach to building servers, storage, power supplies, and data ce (...)

OCP Summit IV: Breaking Up the Monolith

It's hard to believe that the Open Compute Project was founded just a little over 18 months ago. At our first Summit, in June 2011, we had 200 participants, one official member (Facebook), and exactly three technology contributions (all from Facebook). Today, as nearly 2,000 people converge on Santa (...)