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Newly formed group believes in Open source principles for data centers

When we think of vibrant open source software communities, we think of active collaboration, open and free exchange of latest practices and enhancements and a collective, unified approach to innovation.  A new group announced this week called Open Source Data Centre Initiative is working on applying these open source principles to data center design. It will act as a “repository and test bed for mechanical and engineering advances in data-center design” and will play an educational role for customers.  The knowledge base is expected to be enriched by small engineering firms, graduate students doing research with federal grant money, and others who will contribute by sharing their projects and publishing real-world statistics on design and construction specifics and testing. Manufacturers could submit their technology solutions that could be put together in different ways as a part of the user’s unique end design. In return the contributors would benefit from access to resources that would make them more competitive in the market place especially as compared to bigger players. Special attention would be given to green and sustainable designs from the end-user perspective as opposed to merely the manufacturing side. Latest advances in data center engineering related to energy efficient cooling practices and power conservation will be made accessible allowing customers to customize their own design. The venture also hopes to increase awareness and participation among construction companies so that they would be educated on what they are getting involved with instead of merely implementing the designs handed out to them from the engineering firms at the last minute.

The founder of the group, Dave Ohara who also writes the Green Data Center Blog has partnered up with University of Missouri and ARG Investments on this initiative .The alliance says it does not intend to compete with groups like the Green Grid Forum and the Uptime Institute, but would like to accelerate the rate of progress. 

For a professional consultation on cutting edge breakthroughs in energy efficient data center practices, contact us at Green Rack Systems/ 408-213-8144.



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