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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RE: How does this work with...
by lucas_maximus on Wed 29th Jan 2014 08:23 UTC in reply to "How does this work with..."
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The Patents for a Blade Server given to MS last week?

Normally one arm of a large company doesn't know what the other is doing.

Also they've been open sourcing quite a lot of stuff recently.

There is a comment on the ars article that puts it well (by Brainling).

People who are shocked by Microsoft doing something open source have been stuck in the UNIX world too long and not paying attention. ASP.NET MVC? Open source. Entity Framework? Open source. Unity IoC container? Open source. Prism application stack? Open source.

It doesn't absolve Microsoft of their past sins, but at least on the deep technology stack side of the business, they've been decidedly more open in the last five years than they've ever been in the past. What you're seeing is companies figuring out that in a lot of cases, open source and open standards are in fact good for their bottom line.

As an ASP.NET dev, since .NET 3.5 everything has changed massively and they have pulled a lot of ideas from the *nix and RoR.

Edited 2014-01-29 08:24 UTC

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ricegf Member since:

Microsoft contracts cancer; news at nine.

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lucas_maximus Member since:

Yeah well it was inevitable. Once you use tools like NPM, GIT etc going back to TFS and not having a package manager, things become a chore.

Edited 2014-01-29 14:17 UTC

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