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Hyper-feeding LinkedIn’s 400m global members

A hyperscale Cloud Architect’s dream challenge will be unpacked at DCD Webscale in San Jose

LinkedIn now joins other internet cloud giants like Google, Facebook, eBay, and Yahoo by recently opening its first hyperscale facility in colo services provider Infomart’s new Hillsboro, OR data center.



Former Facebook hardware engineer, Yuval Bachar, now LinkedIn’s principal engineer for global infrastructure architecture and strategy, describes the challenges his team experienced on an eight-month, open-source journey to “take our data center (design) through a transformation” to bring the new hyperscale facility online in a keynote presentation at DCD Webscale, July 19-20 at the San Jose Convention Center

He will discuss LinkedIn’s plans to transfer the full-stack, open-source architecture to its other data center locations in Texas, Virginia and California, and their new international expansion to Singapore.

“This keynote gives us a chance to further explore an accelerating trend toward by-passing traditional IT OEM hardware vendors,” says Bruce Taylor, DatacenterDynamics EVP, “and, instead, either procuring open-source designed, white-box hardware from a fast-growing ODM ecosystem, or designing their own based on Open Compute Project standard templates.” 

Open-source and the rapid evolution of the data center

“Yuval Bachar speaks directly to the business-need-driven pace of change in IT and data center transformation,” says George Rockett, DCD CEO and co-founder. “There are so many aspects to this development that are fascinating. First, it’s in a colo facility sited and designed for very low TCO, very high efficiency, very low carbon footprint, and very high domestic and trans-Pacific interconnection capacity. Second, it deploys very fast homegrown 100Gigabit (Pigeon) network switches and fabric architecture, very high density 96-server cabinets, 18kW growing to 32kW … the list goes on.”

Other speakers contributing to the conference program include: Patrick Flynn - Director of Sustainability at Salesforce, Scott Noteboom - CEO at LitBit, Harmail Chatha – Global Data Center Operations at Groupon and Mike Kail – Chief Innovation Officer at Cybric.

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  • Former Facebook engineering whiz Yuval Bachar takes his lessons learnt to LinkedIn for the business/professional network giant's hyperscale cloud data center in Hillsboro, OR. First came the 100Gb network switch his team designed, and then a roll-your own white-box-based architecture -- all housed in an new Infomart high-efficiency, low-carbon energy facility with trans-Pacific interconnects. A perfect performance storm for the zettabyte era.

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