Facebook to share the technology 'behind its servers'
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Facebook announced Thursday it will begin to share some of the technology from their social network. The company indicated it would like to share specifications and design documents to help startups and to support innovation. Facebook hopes that they will be able to benefit from the innovations of others.
Facebook will not directly make any money from the new project. However, by making the designs of its servers open source, the company hopes others will find ways to improve them. They can then incorporate those advances into their own servers. Anything that can make Facebook's servers run more efficiently provides a major benefit for the company.
More efficient servers will also drive down utility costs for the social media giant, which relies on massive data centers around the United States to keep its operations going.
Facebook says it is already working with manufacturers, including, that are manufacturing servers based on its designs. Some new servers are already available.
- The Associated Press. "Facebook to open up technology behind its servers" — , April 7, 2011
- The Associated Press. "Facebook says it wants to boost innovation, opens up technology behind its servers" — , April 7, 2011
- Barbara Ortutay and Rachel Metz. "To boost innovation, Facebook opens server designs" — , April 7, 2011