Renewable energy is in the wind at Facebook, as the social network announced that when its data center in Altoona, Iowa, begins serving traffic in early 2015, the facility will be fully powered by a new wind energy project in nearby Wellsburg.
Frank Frankovsky, vice president of hardware design and supply chain operations at Facebook and chairman and president of the Open Compute Project, touted the progress made thus far by the Facebook-launched data-storage initiative on the networking-hardware front in a post on the Open Compute Project blog.
Facebook continued to pursue ways of making data storage more efficient with its release of a new version of Flashcache, with Production Database Engineer Domas Mituzas saying in a note on the Facebook Engineering page that the 3.x series boosted average hit rates from 60 percent to 80 percent and cut the social network’s disk operation rate nearly in half.
Internet.org — the global partnership formed by Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, and Samsung, with the goal of connecting the two-thirds of the world’s population currently without Internet access — released a white paper Monday on the important role efficiency must play in achieving that goal.
Frank Frankovsky, vice president of hardware design and supply chain operations at Facebook and chairman and president of the Open Compute Project, spoke with Arik Hesseldahl and Mike Isaac of AllThingsD about how the social network configures its hardware to deal with the massive amounts of data it handles.
The term “cold flash” usually brings menopause to mind, but not for Facebook Director, Infrastructure Foundation Jason Taylor, who used the term to describe a new technology the social network is developing to store content that rarely changes, such as photos and videos.
HTTPS, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, is now the default for all Facebook users, putting the wraps on a process the social network started last November, Software Engineer Scott Renfro announced in a note on the Facebook Engineering page.
2Q: Facebook Reaches 1.15B Monthly Active Users, 819M Mobile MAUs; Revenue Up 53% Vs. 2Q 2012, GAAP Net Income Of $333M
Facebook reached 1.15 billion monthly active users as of June 30, up 21 percent compared with the second quarter of 2012, while daily active users were up 27 percent to 699 million, and mobile MAUs leaped by 51 percent to 819 million, the company reported as part of its second-quarter financial results.
Student group Europe Versus Facebook has tangled with the social network before, in case you couldn’t tell by its name, filing numerous complaints related to Facebook’s privacy policies starting in 2011. Now, EVF is taking on Facebook again over its alleged role in the U.S. National Security Agency’s Prism initiative, and the group is also taking on Apple, Microsoft, Skype, and Yahoo.
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.