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Facebook reveals next-gen Open Compute wares

Jun 28, 2011, 18:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy Prickett Morgan)

"Facebook's Open Compute Project, founded to open source the social media mogul's server and data center designs, has hosted its first meeting, previewing its next-generation server and storage iron.

"While a lot of companies give mere lip service to compute density and performance per watt, hyperscale web companies such as Facebook will profit or not based on how well their infrastructure scales, how little it costs to acquire and operate, and how densely it can be crammed into data centers.

"Back in April, Facebook launched the Open Compute Project with a vanity-free 1.5U rack-mounted chassis that sports custom two-socket motherboards based on Intel Xeon 5600 and Advanced Micro Devices Opteron 6100 processors, fed by a 450 watt power supply. Every feature not required by Facebook's applications have been ripped out of the custom motherboards, provided by Chinese mobo and server maker Quanta Computer."

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