Microsoft is joining the Open Compute Project, which was founded by Facebook a while back.
The company made the announcement via a lengthy blog post.
“On Tuesday, I will deliver a keynote address to 3,000 attendees at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose, Calif. where I will announce that Microsoft is joining the OCP, a community focused on engineering the most efficient hardware for cloud and high-scale computing via open collaboration,” writes Bill Laing, corporate vice president for cloud and enterprise at Microsoft.
At the same summit, he will also announce that Microsoft will be contributing to the OCP with its own cloud server designs. “The designs for the most advanced server hardware in Microsoft datacenters delivering global cloud services like Windows Azure, Office 365, Bing and others,” Laing writes.
Microsoft hopes that giving away its blueprints will help improve overall cloud computing efficiency across the industry.