A few days ago Facebook announced it would be opening its doors for the whole world to look in and see the technology behind their powerful servers. Dubbed the Open Compute Project, social networking giant Facebook will be sharing the technology to its many rivals providing also a big help for startup companies.
This initiative from Facebook is questionable but the green initiative is said to be a big move that could lead other tech companies to be able to save millions. The Open Compute Project is 38% more efficient and 24% more cost effective than preceding technologies.
So what could it mean for Facebook? Here are a few hypotheses from The Week:
1. Facebook’s debut
With 500 million users and counting, Facebook is showing the world that its startup days are over. The fact that Facebook is designing its very own data centre shows just how big the company has gotten.
2. Facebook vs Google
Google has the biggest computing advantage so by releasing their blueprints and working with the community to improve it further it gives many rivals a chance to take a shot at the technology that Google guards so defensively well. It is highly possible that Facebook is suiting up to challenge Google.
3. Tech arms race
Google and Facebook have been battling it out for quite a while with Amazon trying to get a piece of the action. Now it looks like a green arms race is a-brewing. Amazon, Facebook and Google are all up to their elbows in grease developing bigger and more energy-efficient data centres. Great news for the green revolution, though.
4. Facebook is making friends
Facebook has successfully pulled in the likes of Dell and 10 to 15 other companies working on this project. It looks like Facebook is trying to gather up its allies.
What remains from this most importantly is that Facebook is taking a big step towards a greener environment and it is extending its hand to startups that need this push.