The Facebook-backed Open Compute Project is teaming up with Chinese companies Baidu and Tencent on a project to develop designs for next-generation datacentres.
The group said that it would be working with the Chinese firms to merge the Open Rack and Project Scorpio programmes. The move will create a single project aimed at developing an open and standardised design for server racks.
The companies hope to finalise the move and begin work on the new specification by 2013.
The move is one of several partnerships announced by the group.
Other rollouts include integration with Vmware's V-sphere platform and a partnership with Linux developer Canonical which will make OCP hardware certified for the company's Linux products at launch.
Lunched in April of 2011, the Open Compute Project aims to develop and maintain designs and standards for low-power server and datacentre designs.
Born out of Facebook, the group works to share technologies and techniques that large enterprises and cloud service providers have learned in developing their in-house systems.
Board member Frank Frankovsky said in a blog post that the partnerships represented a milestone in the group's development and growth within the IT sector.
"Last April, when we open sourced a set of server and data centre designs under the name Open Compute Project, we weren’t sure what to expect," Frankovsky said.
"It was our hope that we could inspire the industry to be a little more open, a little more innovative, and a little more focused on energy efficiency."
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