Data Center Designs Shared with Open Compute Project

The Open Compute Project, a group founded by Facebook in 2011 to share and publish hardware and software designs used in large-scale data centers, was joined by Microsoft in Jan. 2014. Microsoft is contributing designs it has developed to implement and run data centers that provide services such as Windows Azure, Office 365, and Bing. The shared designs, which are optimized for use with Windows Server, include specifications for server hardware and source code for system management functions. Cost reduction, power efficiency, and reduced deployment times are emphasized in the designs.

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