Hyve Brings Facebook’s Servers to Your Racks


Here’s a look at Hyve Solutions’ model 1500 server, which adopts the Open Compute 2.0 “Windmill” two-wide server design to a 19-inch rack (Photo: Colleen Miller)

You’ve probably heard of Facebook’s custom server designs, which were unveiled when the company opened its first data center and launched the Open Compute project in 2011. You may be less familiar with Hyve Solutions, but the Fremont, Calif. company has been a significant player in building server hardware for Facebook. Hyve is a business unit of Synnex Corporation, which does contract assembly work for OEMs and large end users, and is part of a growing ecosystem of original design manufacturers and custom server specialists that have supported Facebook. Hyve has taken the lead in developing products based on Open Compute designs, so that other companies can begin to take advantage of some of the latest innovations in open hardware. At the recent Open Compute Summit in Santa Clara, Steve Ichinaga and Howard Cohen from the Hyve team gave Data Center Knowledge a look at hardware optimized for existing 19-inch racks, as well as the 21-inch wide Open Rack standard.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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