According to new reports, social media giant Faceook is teaming up with technology start-up Nebula with the view of open-sourcing its server and data centre technologies.
The move, as predicted by industry experts, has been taken by the company with the hope that more and more companies will start deploying private clouds with cheaper hardware being made available to them.
Nebula recently developed a device which it claims holds the potential to configure private cloud computing infrastructure within minutes.
"Internet and gaming companies shouldn't be the only ones with access to this technology," Chris Kemp, the former chief technology officer, IT at NASA, Fortune reports.
Frank Frankovsky, head of Facebook's Open Compute Project on the other hand expressed his opinion by saying: "If they execute well they have an opportunity to really fill a need. And basing it [their product] on open source – both OpenStack and Open Compute - is unique."
Experts, on the other hand, are of the opinion that Facebook is concerned only about enhancing its own data centre, server, and storage hardware designs, and making them cost efficient.
“In exchange for making its blueprints publicly available, Facebook is hoping other companies will contribute with their own innovations, open-source software style,” Fortune reveals.