Facebook announced today at the Open Compute Summit that it is open-sourcing more of its data center designs for storing pictures, high availability and power consumption in data centers.
The news couples with a series of announcements at the event here today:
Facebook stores 300 million pictures per day. They needed ways to store the pictures but not archive them so people could access them if needed.
Facebook used the OpenCompute “Open Rack” to create a cold storage rack for photos. The specs are now available for anyone to use.
The company is also contributing DragonStone — a design spec for a low-power database server, one CPU board and redundant power, for “cold data” storage. DragonStone has been integrated into Facebook’s data center in Lulea, Sweden, and is seeing 40 percent more efficiency.
Finally, Facebook is contributing Winterfell, a new web server design for fitting more servers on a rack.
Facebook needs the innovation that comes with opening data center designs, not only from the social network but also from traditional providers, as well. Intel, for example, collaborated with the community to make its specs available for the silicon photonics technology with 100-gigabyte-per-second connectivity with unprecedented latency characteristics.