Monthly Archives: December 2012
Facebook’s Prineville, Oregon data center uses servers designed by Facebook itself. But they’re built in China. Photo: Pete Erickson/Wired.com Facebook is turning the server world on its head by going directly to Taiwan for custom-built machines. Except that it’s actually going to China.
Facebook’s data center in Prineville, OR, has been one of the most energy efficient data center facilities in the world since it became operational . Some of the innovative features of the electrical distribution system are DC backup and high voltage (480 VAC) distributions, which have eliminated the need for centralized UPS and 480V to 208V transformation.
We’ve been closely tracking the progress of the Open Compute Project, wondering if these uber-efficient open source hardware designs would ever be available at your local colocation center. Facebook has now shared details of its first use of Open Compute hardware in its third-party colo space. The Open Compute Project (OCP) was launched in April 2011 to publish data center designs developed by Facebook for its Prineville, Oregon data center, as well as the company’s custom designs for servers, power supplies and UPS units. The move was seen as a welcome departure from the historic secrecy surrounding data center design and operations. But Facebook’s energy-saving customizations provide challenges in multi-tenant facilities.
Facebook’s Open Compute Project, a huge effort to create and promote open-source hardware, is hosting its first-ever hardware hackathon. The hackathon will take place next month in Santa Clara, Calif., at the OCP’s Open Compute Summit. The hackathon’s goal is to create a set of open-source computer hardware building blocks — kind of like Lego for computing. These blocks would eventually be applied to real-world use cases in large data centers in ways that would boost energy efficiency, make repairs simpler, and reduce overall data center costs.
FOREST CITY, N.C. – You may never visit Rutherford County, North Carolina. But if you live on the East Coast, your data probably will. Forest City is home to about 7,500 residents, as well as a major campus for Facebook. As a result, it has joined the ranks of rural towns that are populated by more servers than people. Facebook has built two enormous data centers here to power its growing Internet infrastructure. The two-story structures each span more than 300,000 square feet. In an area dotted with modest restaurants and stores, the server farms resemble aircraft carriers dropped onto the landscape.