Facebook shares cloud computing expertise

Social networking behemoth Facebook is set to share its experiences of cloud computing as it bids to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) get the most out of their IT infrastructures.
Facebook hopes that the Open Compute Project will boost the energy efficiency of the world's ever-expanding data centres.

The company claims that its new infrastructure can deliver a 38 per cent increase in energy efficiency and has lowered Facebook's operating costs by 24 per cent.

Jonathan Heiliger, vice-president of technical operations at Facebook, said: "Facebook and our development partners have invested tens of millions of dollars over the past two years to build upon industry specifications to create the most efficient computing infrastructure possible."

"These advancements are good for Facebook, but we think they could benefit all companies," he added.

The Open Compute Project revolves around a user-led forum, which allows companies to share infrastructure designs and, in the words of Facebook, "demystify the biggest capital expense of an online business - the infrastructure".