Facebook's Open Hardware Effort

Facebook usually only enters the IT discussion in the context of corporate firewall policies, but last week things took a different turn after the internal innovations at the foundation of its digital empire hit the public domain. The contribution is the latest milestone in an effort tracing back to the dawn of hyperscale computing.

The rising tide of social networking adoption in the mid-2000s pushed Facebook up against the limits of traditional hardware long before the need to accommodate user-generated and other unstructured data more efficiently became a part of the enterprise discourse As a result, there was a severe lack of ready-made options in the market capable of meeting its requirements.
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