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Facebook plans open-source storage hardware

Feb 28, 2012, 12:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Clark)

"The designs should become available in May via Facebook-spinoff the Open Compute Project, the company confirmed to ZDNet UK on Friday. The move will come a year after it started publishing the design specifications of its own ultra-efficient servers.

"'We're taking the same approach we took with servers ? eliminate anything that's not directly adding value,' Frank Frankovsky, Facebook's director of technical operations, told Wired. 'The really valuable part of storage is the disk drive itself and the software that controls how the data gets distributed to and recovered from those drives. We want to eliminate any ancillary components around the drive ? and make it more serviceable.'"

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