Facebook’s newest data center, in Luleå, Sweden, went live Wednesday, and the social network said the new facility has the potential to be one of the world’s most efficient and sustainable data centers.
Facebook’s expansion of its data center in Prineville, Ore., has rendered the third-party data-center space it leases in the Santa Clara and San Jose, Calif., market unnecessary, so the social network is seeking tenants to sublease portions of that space, Data Center Knowledge reported.
Facebook extended its relationship with email, text, and cross-channel messaging operations provider Message Systems, and the social network will continue its use of the Momentum platform to power its messaging features.
Facebook has chronicled its efforts to monitor water and energy usage at its data center in Prineville, Ore., and the social network recently focused its energy on wind energy, donating $15,000 toward KidWind Challenge Oregon, a contest in which students contributed designs for wind turbines.
Facebook is going public with the results of its efficiency efforts at its data centers in Prineville, Ore., and Forest City, N.C., debuting two public dashboards that display real-time data for the data centers’ PUE (power usage effectiveness) and WUE (water usage effectiveness) levels.
How does Facebook manage its ever-growing plethora of servers, configurations, administrative access policies, and the other tasks that go along with its volumes of data? Part of that answer now lies in Private Chef from cloud infrastructure automation provider Opscode.
Facebook is more than a social network. It’s also increasingly becoming the place where people store their photos for easy sharing. At the Open Compute Summit Wednesday in Santa Clara, Calif., Facebook Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering Jay Parikh (pictured) talked about how the company works to store the more than 240 billion photos on the social network.
By now, many people know that Facebook’s headquarters are located in Menlo Park, Calif., just south of San Francisco. But the company has far-flung offices in Ireland, Luxembourg, and India, among several other places. An infographic from BusinessProfiles.com shows where Facebook’s 67 affiliates are located.
This past April, Facebook began operations at its second data center in the U.S., in Forest City, N.C., which joined its already existing facility in Prineville, Ore. But how does the social network deal with the differences in climate between the two locations?