South African enterprises may reap indirect benefit from the Open Compute Project - eventually.
In the proposed rack architecture, memory, server, networking and storage resources would be separated into discrete modules.
The social network giant will make its low-cost storage hardware available to the Open Compute Project.
The wider form factor will create more room for thermal management.
The company plans to build its own storage hardware to handle the mass of data uploaded by users.
The facility can run workloads using up to 38% less energy than its counterparts at a 24% cost reduction.
The Open Compute Project by Facebook will share the design of its data centre and server technology.
The social network partners with hardware heavyweights on Internet-oriented power-efficient computers.