Those large enterprise companies who design and develop servers for their projects know the hassles and headaches of having to put together servers. Late Monday, Microsoft joined Facebook in the Open Compute Project and will publish public server specs starting Tuesday.
While this move is more enterprise guided, it points to Microsoft wanting to help large companies in designing servers. The Microsoft cloud server specifications are the most diverse and most abundant in the world, and now companies of all sizes can see how Microsoft optimizes servers for all.
What Can This Do For Companies?
Microsoft in its post states that these server designs offer up to 40 percent cost savings along with other power savings. The 15 percent power efficiency gains and 50 percent deployment in service times will help consumers and enterprises globally. The moves also are more environmentally safe for all as they reduce network cabling by 1100 miles.
Facebook for a number of years has published these specifications to the public, and companies have optimized their server designs in saving money. These moves help companies save money, help save customers money, and makes large scale deployment of server designs safe. This is a bold move, and shows why Windows Azure is taking off globally.
Microsoft In The Server Game Since 1989
While many think that Microsoft has just recently joined the server market with Windows Azure, the company started designing servers and datacenters in 1989. Microsoft has put together over $15 billion in spending in the cloud in all forms, and provides over 200 cloud servers to over 1 billion customers and 20 million markets.
The global effects of the cloud computing infrastructure is well known, but companies looking to optimize their servers often have to spend tons doing it. Now, this data will be publicly available for all, and makes Facebook and Microsoft as the leaders of open server management and design. Whether these are public or private cloud rollouts, Microsoft in this move can get in the front door with this move, and is a great one at that.
I applaud and recommend this server design for many companies. Building servers and datacenters are costly ventures, so viewing these OCP docs can easily save money and help your company as well.