Renewable energy is in the wind at Facebook, as the social network announced that when its data center in Altoona, Iowa, begins serving traffic in early 2015, the facility will be fully powered by a new wind energy project in nearby Wellsburg.
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Frank Frankovsky, vice president of hardware design and supply chain operations at Facebook and chairman and president of the Open Compute Project, touted the progress made thus far by the Facebook-launched data-storage initiative on the networking-hardware front in a post on the Open Compute Project blog.
Frank Frankovsky, vice president of hardware design and supply chain operations at Facebook and chairman and president of the Open Compute Project, spoke with Arik Hesseldahl and Mike Isaac of AllThingsD about how the social network configures its hardware to deal with the massive amounts of data it handles.
Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, Samsung Form Internet.org, Aim To Connect The Two-Thirds Of The World’s Population Without Web Access
“To make the world more open and connected” has been the mission statement of Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg from day one, but how can the social network and other companies and organizations be “open and connected” with the nearly two-thirds of the world’s population that still doesn’t have access to the Internet? Global partnership Internet.org — formed by Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung — aims to answer that question.
The Open Compute Project, which was started by Facebook in an effort to devise more efficient methods of data storage, announced the opening of its second international chapter, in Taiwan, joining the OCP chapter in Japan.
Facebook’s newest data center, in Luleå, Sweden, went live Wednesday, and the social network said the new facility has the potential to be one of the world’s most efficient and sustainable data centers.
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.
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.