The Open Source Data Center Initiative is a new industry group announced recently, to apply open-source principles to the design and construction of data centers and to act as a repository and test bed for mechanical and engineering advances in data-center design.
The group will also play an educational role by publishing real-world data about the cost of implementing projects, such as a fresh-air cooling system, so that customers have “more transparency” when making decisions.
The effort is supported by Michael Manos, who used to run Microsoft’s global data center operations and is now building Nokia’s cloud infrastructure. Manos is helping to assemble a team of advisers, mostly from the end-user community, who will steer the group’s research by highlighting common problems, particularly related to energy efficiency. [via yahoo]