The Open Compute Project of Facebook did change many a parameter in the data center industry and at the Open Compute Summit in San Antonio, the company’s director of hardware design and supply chain stated that it was time to do away with the 19 inch rack and look at more space and add better computing, storage and networking equipment. Even though Facebook has built only one data center it has brought in many innovations and set new standards as well. The rationale for doing away with the 19 inch racks is the fact that there is tendency to try and pack too much equipment in them. This makes for many other complications like difficulty of maintenance, the equipment protruding from the back of the racks which makes hot aisle containment also difficult and so on.
Open Compute has now brought about Open Rack design which they say has plenty of benefits for data center operators.