Today, Microsoft will not only lift the veil from its secret server designs. It will “open source” these designs, sharing them with the world at large so that other online outfits can use them inside their own data centers.
Lest storage vendors thought they were immune to disruption that open source hardware is having on the server industry, Netflix’s new Open Connect content-delivery network might make them think again. While Open Connect directly targets commercial CDNs, it’s based upon (or at least inspired by) open source designs first released by Backblaze almost three years ago. Backblaze’s design evolving and expanding its range into the data centers of a Fortune 1000 company is significant in the same way the evolution of modern man was for neanderthals.