Equinix adapts Open Compute Project technology for its data centers

Data center operator Equinix, Inc. says it has deployed technology created by Facebook and available via the Open Compute Project (OCP) to create an open source ecosystem in its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers. Equinix says it will continue to collaborate with Facebook on further open source technology development.

Data center operator Equinix, Inc. says it has deployed technology created by Facebook and available via the Open Compute Project (OCP) to create an open source ecosystem in its International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers. Equinix says it will continue to collaborate with Facebook on further open source technology development.

The OCP technology adoption includes use of Wedge open source switches developed by Facebook. Use of OCP-based technology will enable greater scale and better performance, Equinix says.

The open source platform Equinix will pursue will leverage the Mesosphere Datacenter Operating System (DCOS), which is based on the Apache Mesos architecture. DCOS is designed to aggregate all data center resources into a single pool, automatically schedule workloads, and simplify the management of such complex systems as Apache Spark, Apache Kafka, and HDFS.

"We are thrilled to be working in close partnership with Facebook as we bring a new level of innovation and collaboration to our growing customer base," said Ihab Tarazi, CTO of Equinix. "By working together, we can drive technology evolution for interconnection by defining the next-generation architecture for the network and cloud edge, thus ensuring our customers have the scale and performance they require for newly evolving platforms and applications."

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