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.
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.
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 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.
Facebook uses so many resources just to save the 240 billion-plus photos that are on the social network. Now the company is utilizing cold storage at its Prineville, Ore., data center to make sure older photos can be as easily accessed as the ones users uploaded five minutes ago.
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?
We know that Facebook plans to expand its data center in Prineville, Ore. Recent filings show that the new building will be pretty cool — literally. Facebook has given the new center the nickname of Sub-Zero. Wired wrote more about Facebook’s plans for the additional data center.