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March 2014, Volume 3, Issue 3

Open-source server, hardware additions energize Open Compute Project

With traditional computer vendors' hardware sales in the proverbial toilet, one has to wonder: Where will data center hardware innovations come from? Worry not  -- the fine folks at the Open Compute Project held the OCP Summit V in January 2014 in San Jose, Calif., and there was no lack of ingenuity on display. Founded by Facebook in 2011 when it open-sourced the design of its energy-efficient data center in Prineville, Ore., the Open Compute Project (OPC) now counts more than 150 member companies designing hardware using the open source philosophy. Here's some of the creativity that was on display. Microsoft donates sweet open-source server design  Yes, you read that right -- a company once synonymous with software is now touting hardware innovations. Microsoft runs about 1 million servers worldwide to support more than 200 cloud services including Windows Azure, Office 365, Bing, Skype and Xbox live, to name but a few, said Bill Laing, corporate vice president of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group. To that end, Microsoft ...

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