Every operations staffer at one of Facebook’s data centers can manage at least 20,000 servers, with some handling as many as 26,000, Facebook Director of Data Center Operations Delfina Eberly said during her keynote speech Tuesday at the 7×24 Exchange 2013 Fall Conference, as reported by Data Center Knowledge.
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.
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.
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.
Every network experiences outages, and Facebook is no exception. Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering Jay Parikh spoke with CNET about how the social network handles outages, and how he handles requests for more servers.
Facebook Director, Hardware Design and Supply Chain Frank Frankovsky said at GigaOM Structure 2012 in San Francisco Thursday that the social network will add its own servers to points of presence owned by Internet-service providers in order to speed delivery of the social network’s content.
Facebook will follow up its announcement of a European data center in Luleå, Sweden, with a similar initiative in Asia, at Central Taiwan Science Park.
Facebook is building its newest data center in Luleå, Sweden, because of that town’s frigid climate, but the social network may run into a much hotter regulatory climate in the form of the country’s wiretapping law.