Tactical Advice

Mozilla Moves to New $3 Million Wholesale Data Center

The Internet leader built its new data center with open collaboration and community assistance.
Mozilla Moves to New $3 Million Wholesale Data Center
A peak at the racks in Mozilla's data center in Santa Clara, Calif.

Given Mozilla’s open-source roots on the web, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the company’s community-focused philosophy found its way to its data center strategy.

“The ethos of Mozilla and how we started was all community based,” said Matthew Zeier, Mozilla’s director of IT operations, in a Wired story. “There’s very little that we do that’s behind closed doors. So I don’t think doing a data center and talking about it was a weird thing.”

One of the main pain points Zeier hoped to address by moving to a wholesale setup, as opposed to a retail setup, was power consumption. To decrease Mozilla’s data center power consumption, the organization turned to the Open Compute Project, which counts Internet heavyweights like Facebook as members. The Wired story elaborates:

Power is the single largest operational expense for data center operators, and companies such as Facebook, Netflix and RackSpace have banded together, forming the Open Compute Project, to share power-saving techniques and server designs, in hopes that they can cut down on the competitive advantage wielded by the Googles and Amazons of the word. The Open Compute Project will host its third public get-together on Wednesday, as members try to share information and design secrets so that organizations like Mozilla can save more on power.

While the new data center is by no means a rebel without a cause, Zeier is putting his unique touch on the data center.

The data center is conventional, but it has a few quirks. There are the SeaMicro servers. And the overhead beams are painted Firefox orange. And there’s a rack of Mac Mini computers, consumer systems that you almost never see in a data center. Mozilla runs about 500 of these $600 PCs worldwide as part of its browser test-bed.

Zeier likes the inexpensive Mac Minis because they have the processing strength and features typical of PCs. They’re not some pumped up server machines being tamed to do a PC’s job.

It’s important to run through a thorough checklist of do’s and don’ts before considering an IT move, but as Mozilla shows, a smart data center move can pay off in the end.

Sign up for our e-newsletter

About the Author

Ricky Ribeiro

Online Content Manager

Ricky publishes and manages the content on BizTech magazine's web site. He's a writer, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all-around digital guy. You can learn more by following him on Google+ or Twitter:

Security

Heartbleed: What Should Your... |
One of the biggest security vulnerabilities has almost every user and every industry...
Why Businesses Need a Next-G... |
Devices investigate patterns that could indicate malicious activity.
Review: HP TippingPoint S105... |
Next-generation firewall can easily replace a stand-alone intrusion prevention system....

Storage

The New Backup Utility Proce... |
Just getting used to the Windows 8 workflow? Prepare for a change.
How to Perform Traditional W... |
With previous versions going unused, Microsoft radically reimagined the backup utility in...
5 Easy Ways to Build a Bette... |
While large enterprises have the resources of an entire IT department behind them, these...

Infrastructure Optimization

Businesses Must Step Careful... |
Slow and steady wins the race as businesses migrate IT operations to service providers,...
Why Cloud Security Is More E... |
Cloud protection services enable companies to keep up with security threats while...
Ensure Uptime Is in Your Dat... |
Power and cooling solutions support disaster recovery and create cost savings and...

Networking

Securing the Internet of Thi... |
As excitement around the connected-device future grows, technology vendors seek ways to...
How to Maximize WAN Bandwidt... |
Understand six common problems that plague wide area networks — and how to address them.
Linksys Makes a Comeback in... |
The networking vendor introduced several new Smart Switch products at Interop this week.

Mobile & Wireless

Mobility: A Foundational Pie... |
Other technologies rely on mobile computing, which has the power to change lives, Lextech...
Now that Office for iPad Is... |
After waiting awhile for Microsoft’s productivity suite to arrive, professionals who use...
Visualization Can Help Busin... |
Companies need to put their data in formats that make it consumable anytime, anywhere.

Hardware & Software

Review: HP TippingPoint S105... |
Next-generation firewall can easily replace a stand-alone intrusion prevention system....
New Challenges in Software M... |
IT trends such as cloud, virtualization and BYOD pose serious hurdles for software...
Visualization Can Help Busin... |
Companies need to put their data in formats that make it consumable anytime, anywhere.