Facebook to Share Datacenter Technology

PALO ALTO, Calif.  — Facebook wants to share its technology in one of its datacenters with the rest of the industry in its Open Compute Project.

The company said its datacenter, which it built from the ground up, uses 38 percent less energy and costs 24 percent less than its other datacenters.

"Opening the technology means the community will make advances that we wouldn't have discovered if we had kept it secret," the company said.

Facebook is releasing specifications and mechanical designs for the hardware used in the datacentre, including motherboards, power supply, server chassis, server rack and battery cabinets.

In addition, it will also share its electrical and mechanical construction specifications, according to ComputerWeekly.