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Definition: Open Compute Project
An initiative spearheaded in 2009 by Facebook to design the most efficient datacenter in order to better serve its growing customer base. In two years, the Prineville, Oregon datacenter was the result: 38% less expensive to build and 24% less expensive to run than Facebook's previous facilities. In 2011, the Open Compute Project Foundation was launched with founding members Facebook, Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim. All aspects of server hardware and datacenter management from cooling to networking are undertaken by the organization. For more information, visit www.opencompute.org.