Red Hat is now part of the ecosystem of engineers, architects and developers that are looking to redefine the next-generation datacenter. As the largest provider of open source software and services, this is a huge addition of support to the project.
The project’s first datacenter in Prineville, Oregon, achieved a 38 percent increase in energy efficiency at a cost of 24 percent less as compared to its other facilities. In order to achieve those metrics, Facebook did things including removing centralized chillers, eliminating traditional inline UPS systems and removed a 480V to 208V transformation. Ethernet-powered LED lighting and passive cooling infrastructure reduce energy spent on running the facility. The datacenter, which opened in April 2011, had a Power Usage Effectiveness PUE of 1.08 for the second quarter of 2011, compared to 1.07 in the first quarter. For the first half of the year, this means 93% of the energy from the grid makes it into every Open Compute server. This PUE is much lower than the industry standard of 1.5.
Following the certification of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat plans to test its virtualization platform, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. Additionally, it is expected that its recently acquired storage technologies will be extended for use within Open Compute Project architecture environments.