Speaking at Interop today, Open Compute Project Chairman and President Frank Frankovsky announces plans for a new open source project to develop a specification and a reference box for an open, OS-agnostic switch.
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Facebook used to be a company just like many others: It would buy servers, racks and other hardware from vendors like HP and Dell and rent out co-location space from vendors like DuPont Fabros and others.
When Facebook open sourced its data center and server specifications it paved the way for enterprises of all sizes to save money by following the social network's radical hardware designs. The Open Compute Project Foundation has formalized Facebook's designs into specs, which are freely available. Here are tips for implementing them.