Microsoft Joins OCP, Releases Azure Server Specs

Microsoft Joins OCP, Releases Azure Server Specs

Microsoft dropped a bomb on the Open Source community earlier today when they presented at the Open Compute Summit. In a surprise move, the IT giant announced they are not only joining the Open Compute Project (OCP), they are releasing specifications related to their cloud-based server platform. The specs will detail the hardware used in Microsoft’s datacenters, as well as the interfaces and protocols they use to manage them. It will include CAD drawings and layouts for the circuit boards, and they’re even including the source code. Did anyone ever think Microsoft would release source code to the public? Granted it’s server specs, not Windows specs, but still… I never thought this day would come. Microsoft has confirmed that everything being released is utilized by Windows Azure. They also claim the designs resulted in an enormous energy savings and they want to pass that on to the rest of the computing world.

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