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Google and Facebook Team Up to Open Source the Gear Behind Their Empires

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Half a decade ago, Jonathan Heiliger compared the world of Internet data centers to Fight Club.

It was the spring of 2011, and the giants of the Internet—including Google, Amazon, and Microsoft—were erecting a new kind of data center. Their online empires had grown so large that they could no longer rely on typical hardware from the likes of Dell, HP, and IBM. They needed hardware that was cheaper, more streamlined, and more malleable. So, behind the scenes, they designed this hardware from scratch and had it manufactured through little-known companies in Asia.

This shadow hardware market was rarely discussed in public. Companies like Google saw their latest data center hardware as a competitive advantage best kept secret from rivals. But then Facebook tore off the veil. It open sourced its latest server and data center designs, freely sharing them with the world under the aegis of a new organization called the Open Compute Project. “It’s time to stop treating data center design like Fight Club and demystify the way these things are built,” said Heiliger, then the vice president of technical operations at Facebook. 

Google was the first company to rethink data center design for the modern age.

With the Open Compute Project, Facebook aimed to create a whole community of companies that would freely share their data center designs, hoping to accelerate the evolution of Internet hardware and, thanks to the economies of scale, drive down the cost of this hardware. That, among other things, boosts the Facebook bottom line. It worked—in a very big way. Microsoft soon shared its designs too. Companies like HP and Quanta began selling this new breed of streamlined gear. And businesses as diverse as Rackspace and Goldman Sachs used this hardware to expand their own massive online operations. Even Apple—that bastion of secrecy—eventually joined the project.

Two big holdouts remained: Google and Amazon. But today, that number dropped to one. At the annual Open Compute Summit in San Jose, California, Google announced that it too has joined the project. And it’s already working with Facebook on a new piece of open source hardware.


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Open Compute has been transformative since day 1, and with Google finally joining, the number of missing elephants in the room has dramatically reduced.

What still puzzles me is the loud silence of European players in the field although we have a tremendous breed of companies and talent in that space. #HardwareIsNotDead

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Aedanf Zane's curator insight, March 10, 6:21 AM

Open Compute has been transformative since day 1, and with Google finally joining, the number of missing elephants in the room has dramatically reduced.

What still puzzles me is the loud silence of European players in the field although we have a tremendous breed of companies and talent in that space. #HardwareIsNotDead

George Goodman's curator insight, March 10, 10:09 AM

Open Compute has been transformative since day 1, and with Google finally joining, the number of missing elephants in the room has dramatically reduced.

What still puzzles me is the loud silence of European players in the field although we have a tremendous breed of companies and talent in that space. #HardwareIsNotDead

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Hadoop statistics collection and applications

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Announcing Apache Argus: A Clarion Call For Hadoop Security

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Announcing Apache Argus as an Apache Software Foundation security project to provide comprehensive security to the Apache Hadoop stack in the enterprise.
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'Lack of maturity' in Hadoop big data analytics space, says Hotels.com CTO

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Thierry Bedos, chief technology officer at Hotels.com says analytical tools providers have yet to catch up to a shift towards Hadoop
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Basho Introduces Riak CS 1.5 – Basho Technologies

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Distributed cloud storage software adds additional Amazon S3 compatibility, performance improvements, simplified admin and increased scalability CAMBRIDGE, Mass.
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What is Hadoop and What Does it Mean for Supply Chain Management?

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I've been hearing the term "Hadoop" everywhere.  I asked my colleague David White, ARC's analytics expert, what it was and whether it was something that supply chain executives needed to know about. David explained that Hadoop was probably being most widely used in marketing. because  it is best suited to unstructured [...]
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SQL Server 2014 etches itself in-memory

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Long trailing Oracle and IBM in databases Microsoft is advancing into the largely undiscovered country of inmemory OLTP platforms with SQL Server 2014 and its hoping to conquer
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When to use Hadoop (and when not to)

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When enterprises interested in leveraging big data and analytics ask how to get started, they often are advised to begin with Hadoop, Apache Software's open source data storage and processing framework.
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A platform for Hadoop as a Service (HaaS): Cisco UCS and OpenStack

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As Hadoop is becoming the center of Data Management and OpenStack the platform for private clouds, many organizations have begun to think – When to virtualize H (Blog: A platform for Hadoop as a Service (HaaS): Cisco UCS CPA for Big Data and OpenStack...
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Why I am leaving the best job I ever had

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Earlier this summer, Matt Lauer asked Mary Barra, the CEO of GM, whether she could balance the demands of being a mom and being a CEO. The Atlantic asked similar questions of PepsiCo’s female CEO I...
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Going Beyond Hadoop: Some Insights for Big Data Platforms - Ericsson Research Blog

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I would like to share with you insights, gathered during our research, regarding Hadoop and Big Data Platforms.
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PASS Summit 2014: Inside the World’s Largest Gathering of SQL Server and BI Professionals - SQL Server Team Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Insider news about SQL Server and Microsoft's Information Platform (RT @mrdenny: Reading: PASS Summit 2014: Inside the World’s Largest Gathering of SQL Server and BI Professionals http://t.co/8xXMDBojYV...
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Why Google Capital Placed Its Hadoop Bet On MapR - Forbes

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Now that MapR has received a load of cash from Google Capital, it is time to ask: What does this latest round of Hadoop funding mean?
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