Category Archives: Altoona

Facebook dumps AWS, moves Instagram’s images to own bit barns

Facebook has migrated Instagram’s colossal collection of images out of Amazon Web Services and into its own bit barns. News of the move comes in this interview with Facebook infrastructure engineer and Open Compute Foundation program development chap Charlie Manese conducted by Australian hyperscale compute appliance startup Infrx . At about the 7:45 mark of the video, Manese says Instagram has moved onto Facebook infrastructure and now uses about a third fewer servers, “obviously reducing our costs from when we had it on the Amazon platform.”

Report: Facebook is Iowa’s Mystery Data Center Prospect

fb-nc-470One of the longest-running mysteries in the data center industry appears to be solved. Facebook is the company behind a $1.5 billion data center project bound for Altoona, Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register. The paper cited “legislative sources” in the report, which follows more than a year in which state and local officials described the company only with the codename Project Catapult. The data center would be Facebook’s fourth company-built project, with the others located in Oregon, North Carolinaand Sweden. It would also be the third major Internet data center project in Iowa, joining a Google facility in Council Bluffs and a Microsoft data center in West Des Moines.