Facebook and the Open Compute Project will hold a hardware hackathon at the social network’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Tuesday, June 18, at noon PT, with the winners receiving up to $10,000 in seed funding and mentoring to groom their idea for pitching to venture capitalists.
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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 going public with the results of its efficiency efforts at its data centers in Prineville, Ore., and Forest City, N.C., debuting two public dashboards that display real-time data for the data centers’ PUE (power usage effectiveness) and WUE (water usage effectiveness) levels.
The Open Compute Foundation welcomed a new chief operating officer: Cole Crawford, who has been involved in the open-source sector since 1992, holding positions at OpenStack and Nebula, as well as advising the Linux Foundation.
This past April, Facebook began operations at its second data center in the U.S., in Forest City, N.C., which joined its already existing facility in Prineville, Ore. But how does the social network deal with the differences in climate between the two locations?
Today Facebook held a grand opening for its second data center in the U.S., located in Forest City, North Carolina.The social network open sourced the $450 million facility’s design, working with partners in the Open Compute Project.
While the formal announcement of the Open Compute Foundation didn’t say anything about money, other than the fact that Don Duet from Goldman Sachs would entity, foundations typically administer charitable trusts and make grants. Hello, tax deduction!