Microsoft open sources datacentre architecture, joins Open Compute Project

Headed by Facebook’s vice president of infrastructure Frank Frankofvky, the Open Compute Project was launched in 2011 as an open source community focused on engineering hardware specifically for cloud and web-scale computing.

According to Frankovsky, hardware built according to OCP specs can cut failure rates by a factor of three. The goals of the project include helping companies save energy, money, and space; make their hardware more reliable and effective at scaling; and allow them to adopt multi-source procurement strategies to help de-risk their supply chains.

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