Facebook’s second information centre in Lulea, Sweden is desirous by Ikea, regulating a flatpack-style construction to make make and smoothness some-more efficient. But it’s not a initial time a tie has been done between information centres and Ikea furniture.
Ikea’s subsequent information centre is immature since (like a initial centre on a site) it uses Sweden’s nearly-Arctic meridian and renewable appetite supplies to broach fit computing for a amicable media giant.
Facebook information centre goes Ikea
The centre has an impressive: PUE (power use effectiveness) of 1.05, an feat in anyone’s book. But Facebook seems to be violation new belligerent in a potency with that it manufactures and installs a systems.
Modular information centres started out as shipping containers, delivered to a customer’s site on trucks. But containers embody a lot of dull space.
To urge on this, Facebook done a same regard as Gillis Lundgren, a Ikea draughtsman who invented prosaic container seat in 1951. He screwed a legs off a list to expostulate it home in his automobile – and a subsequent day suggested to his trainer that a association could sell some-more seat this way.
The rest is history, with flat-pack streamlining a production process, saving storage space and smoothness costs, and adding to a weekend fun of many consumers bolting desks, beds and bookshelves together.
Facebook is doing a same with a tech kit, and as with a lot of Facebook’s ideas, it’s accessible for others to use by a Open Compute initiative. But, if a law be told there are firms doing rather identical things already. For instance, Colt’s modular information centres include of walls and floors that are shipped and bolted together on site.
Facebook also grown a “chassis” for a IT apparatus so a aisles can be built in an public line – another thought that other large information centre builders are operative on too.
Ikea seat becomes IT kit
But, while Facebook’s information centre is apropos some-more like Ikea furniture, there is an tangible Ikea object that has done a tour in a other instruction apropos a bona fide square of tech equipment.
The supposed LackRack is “the ultimate, low-cost, high shininess resolution for your modular datacentre-in-the-living-room”, formed on a Ikea Lack coffee table, that enthusiasts realised was accurately a right distance to reason rack-mount servers and network switches.
A flourishing village of Ikea fans have built home information centres regulating Lack tables, and barter tips on how to make them demeanour good. Like Facebook’s Open Compute it’s a village hack, with a LackRack a domestic approach to boost potency in homes and tiny offices, while Facebook’s beginning tidies adult a blurb cloud.
A chronicle of this essay seemed on Green Data Center News
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Facebook’s cold aisle assembly
The cold aisles of Facebook’s Lulea 2 information centre will be bolted together like flatpack furniture