The Open Compute Project, a Facebook-started consortium aimed at making data storage more efficient, announced Wednesday that it is now working on a way to speed up innovation with regard to networking hardware. Facebook has partnered with companies such as Big Switch Networks, Broadcom, Cumulus Networks, Intel, Netronome, OpenDaylight, the Open Networking Foundation, and VMware to accomplish this.
A day after an Iowa newspaper reported that Facebook’s next data center would be built in that state, Facebook confirmed the plans. The data center in Altoona, Iowa (13 miles northeast of Des Moines) will be Facebook’s fourth owned and operated data center, and the third in the U.S. Facebook Vice President of Infrastructure Jay Parikh described in a blog post why the company is building another data center.
Facebook is more than a social network. It’s also increasingly becoming the place where people store their photos for easy sharing. At the Open Compute Summit Wednesday in Santa Clara, Calif., Facebook Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering Jay Parikh (pictured) talked about how the company works to store the more than 240 billion photos on the social network.
Facebook Director, Hardware Design and Supply Chain Frank Frankovsky said at GigaOM Structure 2012 in San Francisco Thursday that the social network will add its own servers to points of presence owned by Internet-service providers in order to speed delivery of the social network’s content.
Facebook is hosting an Open Compute summit to discuss the latest innovations in data center design, and you can watch a live video of it right here.
Facebook held a grand opening for its first wholly-owned data center Prinville, Oregon on Friday.