Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Jan 2014 21:43 UTC, submitted by lucas_maximus

Microsoft has joined the Open Compute Project, a consortium that Facebook created to share the designs of servers and other equipment that power the internet's largest data centers.

Like other internet giants, Microsoft designs its own servers to be more efficient than standard boxes sold by the likes of HP and Dell. While Google has mostly kept its designs secret, Facebook has made its server and rack specifications public and has urged others to do the same. In theory, companies can swap best practices, and any vendor can sell servers identical to the ones that power Facebook's data centers.

Microsoft joining Open Compute boosts the chances that the project might have some impact on the server industry.

Good move.

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by Drumhellar on Tue 28th Jan 2014 23:31 UTC
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They went with the Apache license (v2.0) for their source contributions, which I guess is slightly surprising, since Microsoft has it's own OSI-approved license (MS-PL).

While the Apache license is far more suitable than MS-PL for these pieces of software, which are just various chassis control mechanisms (Fan speed, external LEDs, etc), I'm surprised Microsoft didn't roll their own license with identical terms anyways.

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