Facebook Shares Its Cloud Designs

A Facebook employee shows one of the servers that the company’s engineers designed from scratch for its massive data center in Oregon.

Image credit: Jason Madara

If you invented something cheaper, more efficient, and more powerful than what came before, you might want to keep the recipe a closely guarded secret. Yet Facebook took the opposite approach after opening a 147,000-square-foot computing center in rural Oregon this April. It published blueprints for everything from the power supplies of its computers to the super-efficient cooling system of the building. Other companies are now cherry-picking ideas from those designs to cut the costs of building similar facilities for cloud computing.



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