Yesterday afternoon, Facebook announced new initiative, Open Compute, a open specification for server and data center hardware to support modern computing demands in a more efficient and less expensive manner than is commonly used. These specifications come directly from Facebook’s current computing infrastructure that has finished a 1-year overhaul taking into consideration efficiency and cost. Here are some of the details from Facebook on their energy efficiency:
• Facebook’s energy consumption per unit of computing power has declined by 38%
• The new data center has a PUE of 1.07, well below the EPA-defined state-of-the-art industry average of 1.5. This means 93% of the energy from the grid makes it into every Open Compute server.
• We've removed centralized chillers, eliminated traditional inline UPS systems and removed a 480V to 208V transformation.
• Ethernet-powered LED lighting and passive cooling infrastructure reduce energy spent on running the facility.
Here is a short video from Facebook on this project:
Stephen Spector is the community manager of the open source OpenStack cloud platform community which develops solutions and technology for public and private cloud infrastructures. He is responsible for all things OpenStack, except for the software itself.
Stephen is an old school C developer for Real-Time embedded systems and a long time alliance and developer program manager longing for the good old days when technology upheavals only occurred every six months. You can follow him on Twitter and the OpenStack blog.