Report: Baidu Joint Facebook’s Open Compute Project

(iChinaStock News) Update Note: Our original piece, based on a report by Sina Tech, contained a number of inaccuracies brought to our attention by a Facebook employee. Our piece–now corrected–formerly implied that access to OCP specs and designs required a partnership, when they can in fact be freely adopted by anyone in the world. And neither AMD nor Zynga is a member of the Open Compute Project.

rumours about the partnership between Baidu and Facebook has a small update today.

Sina reported that China’s biggest search engine has joint Facebook’s Open Compute Project(OCP) last month, citing unidentified sources.

OCP is a group that is working to design and enable the delivery of the most efficient server, storage and data centre hardware designs for scalable computing.

The partnership, if confirmed, would give Baidu the access to the latest technology advances in servers, data centres, storage, etc.  So far, companies such as Intel, Dell,AMD and Zynga have joint the project.

Mark Zuckerberg’s personal visit to China in December last year has sparked media speculations that Facebook will set up operations in China, where its service has been blocked by the government.

Earlier rumours said Facebook may enter China market vie a partnership with Baidu. But many industry watchers believes such partnerships are unlikely, as any moves to circumvent the Great Firewall is expected to piss off the Chinese authorities.

By Vincent Wang,

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