According to this post at Ars Technica, “Why Facebook open-sourced its datacenters,” Facebook has gone completely open source in its server hardware choices in order to compete with Google.
A couple of quotes from Jon Stokes’ article:
“Despite Google’s professed love for all things open, details of its massive datacenters have always been a closely guarded secret.”
“Facebook’s new OpenCompute.org project, in contrast, takes the exact opposite approach.”
There are energy and development cost savings from using this “Bazaar” community supported method when compared to the closed “Cathedral” approach.
If you’re building a data center and want to avoid legal hassles and unnecessary operating expenses, it’s worth checking out Facebook’s new OpenCompute system.