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Google Joins Open Compute Project

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Posted: 04:52PM

The Open Compute Project "was started by Facebook six years ago as a way for end-user companies to get together and design their own data center equipment, free of the unneeded features that drive up costs for traditional vendor products." At the OCP Summit on Wednesday Google announced that it would finally join the effort, joining existing members such as Microsoft. As its first contribution, Google designed a server rack that operates on 48V rather than the traditional 12V, allowing for improved efficiency due to lower conversion loss. Google has already deployed the design internally alongside shallower racks. Google already has its eyes on more changes including developing a replacement for the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) which senior VP of infrastructure Urs Holzle described as "outdated for a while," adding "I think there's an opportunity to define standards in a way that will let every operator use the same one, and then every vendor to export their data in the right way."

Source: PC World

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