Facebook’s newest data center, built at the edge of the arctic circle in Luleå, Sweden, came online yesterday. The data center does not portray a single logo from a single manufacturer.
This new data is filled entirely with the funky-looking custom servers and other hardware that Facebook designed itself with its game-changing Open Compute Project(OCP).
The two year old OCP project, gives away those designs for free to any enterprise that wants to build “vanity free” hardware, meaning super fast servers without a lot of bells, whistles, and design waste. OCP is also tackling storage and network gear.
Facebook’s ultimate goal is to do for hardware what Linux did for software: create open source hardware where users are calling the shots, not just hardware vendors. The Luleå data center is cool for another reason. It’s 100% powered by renewable hydro-electric energy.
Credit: Business Insider