From a user standpoint, the A Look Back videos Facebook created to mark its 10th anniversary provided a fun look back at memories on the social network. But from an engineering standpoint, they provided challenges on many levels, and Alexey Spiridonov and Krish Bandaru wrote a post on the Facebook Engineering blog detailing how those challenges were overcome.
When the average person thinks about 10,000 Blu-ray discs, they likely imagine an impressive movie collection, but when Facebook Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering Jay Parikh and Director of Infrastructure Jason Taylor thought about 10,000 Blu-ray discs, data storage came to mind.
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.
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.
So you remember a funny picture or a witty post from a Facebook friend, but you can’t recall when or which friend. Archify, which launched earlier this week, seeks to solve this problem by allowing users to easily search through their Facebook histories and see which of their friends and pages are the most active. Users can even access their Facebook histories from their Gmail accounts.
Facebook is expanding into hardware, and we’re not talking about wrenches and pliers: The social network is building its own storage hardware to store uploads from its user base.
Fusion-io filed for an initial public offering today. This storage company powers much of Facebook’s data center in Prineville, Oregon, and will soon do the same for the facility under construction in Rutherford County, North Carolina.