Facebook has become “vanity-free”

Facebook is openly sharing the design details of its new green datacentre with competitors. Secondly, by leaving servers free from paint, logos, stickers and a front panel more than 120 tonnes of material does not have to be manufactured – saving time and cost.

Through the “Open Compute Project,” Facebook, apparently, wants to encourage others in the industry to collaborate for best practices on datacentre and server technology.

“Facebook and our development partners have invested tens of millions of dollars over the past two years to build upon industry specifications to create the most efficient computing infrastructure possible,” said Jonathan Heiliger, vice president of technical operations at Facebook.

By publishing technical specifications and mechanical CAD files for the centre’s servers, power supplies, server racks and building design the social networking site are showing the industry, openly, what can be achieved and how.

Heiliger added. “These advancements are good for Facebook, but we think they could benefit all companies. We think it’s time to demystify the biggest capital expenses of an online business – the infrastructure.”

The datacentre supposedly uses 38 per cent less energy, doing the same work, than the company’s present facilities – and at 24 per cent less cost. With all the information presented on a platter, rivals of the networking site would be foolish not to look further.

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Chris Baker is the Global Sales and Marketing Director responsible for the expansion of Calsoft Enterprise Solutions internationally. Formerly co-owner of acquired business, Inatech, Chris has been responsible for developing and promoting the company’s position as a specialist in Oracle solutions within the global IT industry. Chris co-founded Inatech in November 2002 merging with Calsoft in 2008. In a career spanning 23 years, Chris has held influential positions at Accenture, Easams, and Marconi. He was a Member of the Oracle UK Consulting Board during his time at Oracle Corporation UK, where he spent 15 years. Chris has a Higher National Diploma in Computing Studies from Farnborough College with distinction.