8 data center lessons from Facebook

From no-frills servers to free cooling, the Open Compute Project reveals the many secrets behind Facebook's high-efficiency data centers
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8 ways Facebook can help you build a better data center

Facebook has opened the vault to its data center efficiency secrets like no organization before it via its open source Open Compute Project. The OCP provides detailed specs and guidelines for high-efficiency server components -- from motherboards to chassis -- as well as facilities hardware, including electrical and cooling. All the systems are implemented in Facebook's state-of-the-art data center in Prineville, Ore.

Any organization looking to build a more efficient new data center or to cut costs in an existing facility should take a closer look at secrets shared by Facebook and OCP contributors.

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