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Facebook sued for alleged theft of data center design

James Niccolai | March 26, 2015
Facebook is being sued by a British engineering company that claims the social network stole its technique for building data centers and, perhaps worse, is encouraging others to do the same through the Open Compute Project.

BRG says it started out designing modular hospital buildings and expanded to data centers in 2009. It says it has built data centers for "national governments and some of the world's most prestigious and well known companies."

In its presentation at the OCP Summit last January, BRG says, a Facebook engineer mentioned that "lean construction approaches are often used in hospital buildings."

BRG says it's the only data center company it knows of that "also had experience building modular hospital buildings."

 

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