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).[related-posts]
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