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Facebook data center project takes aim at vendor lock-in

Joab Jackson | Oct. 28, 2011
By launching the Open Compute Project as a stand-alone foundation, Facebook is hoping to further standardize the market for data center equipment, thereby reducing costs and vendor lock-in, the new foundation's board members said at a press conference Thursday.

OCP is not alone in its effort to develop standards for data centers. The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) is a vendor-backed group that takes on many of the same goals. OCP is different in that it will be more proactive in the development of new specifications, Frankovsky said. And whereas ODCA is more focused on establishing standards for cloud computing deployments, OCP will develop technologies for large-scale data centers, Bechtolsheim added.


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