Microsoft, a software power, wants to have a greater say in how data center hardware is designed. And now it’s even got some hardware partners in this effort.
No wonder Dell and HP are exploring drastic options — Dell reportedly looking to go private and HP re-evaluating plans to sell of business units: More of their bread-and-butter server business is disappearing into the ether.
Does your data center compost? This question may become more relevant if an Open Compute Foundation project that’s sponsored by Facebook ends up a success. The goal is to build a biodegradable server chassis to replace existing steel enclosures.
New guidelines for the design of wider data center racks are available for discussion, according to the Open Compute Project. In theory, racks designed using the Open Rack 1.0 specification will allow more flexible, energy-efficient design of data center resources.
The coming wave of open-source hardware, 3-D printing and other breakthroughs will open the floodgates to tech innovation, just as open-source software sparked the last tech boom by fueling the Google, Facebook software empires, said Joi Ito, director of MIT’s Media Lab.