Servers are at the core of the operation of any system – whether for businesses or government agencies. These servers deal with precious consumer data and even provide security and storage., despite certain hard drive dangers that can affect them. What’s more, even newer SSD driven servers can have issues. And servers continue to improve and develop as more people take their businesses and transactions to the web.
The popularity of social media and the convenience offered by the web for people looking for answers- even to the most sensitive of issues – the web managed to ingrain itself as a human need and no longer a luxury. And as the population explodes and more people patronize the Internet, servers play an even bigger role in keeping everything and everyone safe day in and day out.
Facebook needs powerful computers in order to store and process the millions of photos and videos it maintains for its users.
But instead of buying expensive servers from big-name brands like Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Dell Technologies, the social network designs its own servers so it can fine-tune the machines to its own specific computing needs and save some money.
As part of its continuing efforts to design its own servers, Facebook (FB, +0.63%)said Wednesday that it’s upgrading all of the servers used in its vast data centers. Additionally, Facebook said it would contribute the server blueprints to its Open Compute Project foundation, in which companies can exchange and access data center hardware designs for free so they can build their own custom gear.
Everyone has heard about Facebook at one time or another – if not already an avid user of this social media platform. You can get lost in it for hours on end reading all the posts of your friends and the people you follow. It even became the hub for businesses of all types – think of advertisers, business pages and online sellers among others. The opportunity is endless when using Facebook so it makes perfect sense for the company to take their servers to the next level.
In just six years, Facebook’s Open Compute Project (OCP) has become a major phenom in the data center hardware industry that has attracted an almost cult-like following among engineers.
And on Wednesday, Facebook upped the bar yet again.
Facebook announced that it was giving away four new designs for brand-new types of computer servers invented at Facebook.
Anyone can take these designs, modify them and use them, with contract manufacturers standing by to build them.
Those contract manufacturers include Chinese companies ike Quanta, as well as the world’s largest maker of computer servers, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE).
Facebook has yet again taken the lead. The technological innovations they are using aims to provide better services to the billions of people relying on the platform to work 24/7 without fail.
Facebook has unveiled a new type of data centre server called Big Basin, which is said to be useful for artificial intelligence.
Through the Open Compute Project, the social media giant is making available the new hardware for use by other companies.
And when Facebook dreams big, there’s nobody stopping them.
The memory of the new server, which can support eight new generation GPUs, has been increased from 12GB to 16GB. Its throughput has also been doubled compared to Big Sur.
Separately, Facebook has also unveiled a new storage platform called Bryce Canyon, which supports the inclusion of 12 more hard disk drives compared to its previous version Honey Badger.
The new platform, which supports 72 hard disk drives (HDDs) in four Open Rack units, allows storing high-density data, including videos and photos.
This is good news to all Facebook users all over the world. The social networking site values its users and making big leaps like this one in the technology they are using can help assuage the doubts and worries of many. Rest assured that millions can still continue to connect, communicate, and market using Facebook using new, better and customized servers the company offers.