How Facebook Changed Technology in One Day

Gigaom

The biggest deal about Facebook’s open compute project isn’t the project, it’s the wave of innovation this can bring forward at the systems level — which will affect everyone from the chipmakers to the giant systems vendors and data center operators. At its event Thursday, Facebook unveiled the Open Compute Project, which essentially open sources the systems layer that sits between the standard components inside a server and the hypervisor orchestration layer (which itself has been open sourced by the Open Stack project).

There are two things I took away from this: (1) by tying the servers and the data center together in a holistic unit, the data center has now officially become computer and (2) the big iron providers have just had the rug pulled out from under them. They will need to shift their business to this data-center centric viewpoint or they will lose out in…

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