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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Odd prediction
by andrewclunn on Wed 29th Jan 2014 16:05 UTC
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Open standards tend to be used by collections of smaller competitors to fight against the established monopolies. Hence in the server space Google uses closed standards and Microsoft is now backing open ones. We can likely see more 'friendly' moves by Microsoft as soon as it no longer has market dominance in the PC space. I may not like what the company is at present, but I can easily see liking Microsoft in the future as this trend continues. Perhaps the reverse for Google.

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