Inside Facebook's Fantastic Plan To Dominate Cisco's $23 Billion Market

Julie Bort | Business Insider | June 2, 2013

Hands down, one of the most important tech projects Facebook has ever created is the Open Compute Project (OCP).

Business Insider recently spoke with two of Facebook's OCP leaders to get the skinny on their latest, ambitious plan.

To recap: OCP launched two years ago to create "open source" data center hardware. That means hardware vendors like HP, Dell and Cisco don't control the product designs. Instead, customers like Facebook and Goldman Sachs do.

OCP's designs call for fewer materials and minimal cost, but require faster performance than what vendors typically offer.