Facebook is all about sharing, and that goes well beyond the incessantly updating News Feed.
Merging both of those attributes together, Facebook announced on Friday that it will be open sourcing the real-time dashboards that visualize real-time energy and water usage rates and efficiency in its Oregon and North Carolina datacenters.
The Menlo Park, Calif.-headquartered company first unveiled these tools last April, at which time the company had already open sourced the front-end code so that any organization interested in sharing similar stats about its own datacenters can do so.
Facebook engineer Lyrica McTiernan explained in a blog post on Friday how this particular release is different:
Since not all operational systems aggregate data in the same way, we’ve separated the code into two pieces: a front-end UI component and a back-end data aggregator that may be helpful for those with systems similar to ours. The two components work together – or they can be used separately.
Facebook has four datacenters worldwide thus far. Following the deployment at the aforementioned locations, Facebook has plans to install these dashboards for its facilities in Iowa and Sweden.
As reported last week, the Luleå, Sweden datacenter is being expanded to incorporate a second building, which will serve as the social media brand's blueprint for its new architecture concept, dubbed as the "rapid deployment data center."
McTiernan added that Rackspace beta tested the code and provided feedback, with the possibility of integrating it into its facilities.
Both the front-end and back-end aggregators are available now via GitHub.
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