Category Archives: Prineville
Facebook users post 350 million photos on a typical day. On a holiday, like Christmas or New Year’s Eve, they post more than a billion. Altogether, Facebook now hosts more than 250 billion photos — and it’s seeking new technologies to store those old pictures efficiently and reliably at its data centers in Prineville and elsewhere around the world. “These are the precious memories of people around the world,” said Jay Parikh, Facebook’s vice president of infrastructure. “We can’t lose them.”
It rises out of the rocky central Oregon desert like a fortress, albeit an inviting one: Facebook’s first data center complex, located on a mesa on the outskirts of Prineville, population 10,000. This is what the data center of the future looks like: massive complexes built near cheap power supplies in climatically favorable settings, designed to power huge Internet-based applications with minimal staff. With Apple building a data center complex next door to Facebook’s facility, Prineville, Ore., might one day be known as one of the few mega-data center concentrations in the world.
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.
Remember that third building that Facebook reportedly is building at its data center in Prineville, Oregon? Turns out that building isn’t a third regular data center, but a deep storage facility, according to Facebook execs on a tour of the Oregon data center. The building, which will potentially be 84,000 square feet, will be filled with disc or flash storage and will act as the “backup to the backup to the backup,” storage for the facility’s data, explained Facebook’s Ken Patchett.
For Facebook, good data center design is all about efficiency — how efficiently we use energy, materials, and water, and how they tie together to bring about cost efficiency. We’ve previously shared information on energy and materials efficiency, and today we’re releasing our first water usage effectiveness (WUE) measurements and information on how we’ve achieved what we think is a strong level of efficiency in water use for cooling in the first building at our Prineville, Ore., data center (which we’ll call Prineville 1 here).
Facebook has invested $210 million to build the first phase of its new data center in Prineville, Oregon, which has a capacity of 28 megawatts of power, the company and local economic development officials revealed this week. The disclosures, released in an economic impact study and a community economic forum, were the first public confirmations of the cost and power usage of the Facebook project.
Tens of thousands of energy-efficient servers handle the deluge of data generated by more than 800 million users. Call it the heart of Facebook. Take an unusual peek inside one of the world’s largest data centers,Facebook’s monster server farm that opened in April 2011 in the remote desert town of Prineville, Ore., 150 miles east of Portland.
Mist me: Facebook’s data centers uses an evaporative cooling system in which air is cooled and humidified with misters, rather than the typical chiller. (Credit: Screen capture by Martin LaMonica/CNET) Facebook’s state-of-the-art data center houses awesome amounts of computing power, but the biggest technical challenge has been the air handlers.
Facebook unveiled its green data center in Oregon this Spring, but now the social network giant has achieved another milestone: it’s been granted a LEED gold certification for the Oregon data center, which uses 52 percent less energy to operate than a standard data center. Facebook unveiled its green data center and energy efficient servers in Oregonthis Spring, but now the social network giant has achieved another milestone: it’s been granted a LEED gold certification for the Oregon data center, which uses 52 percent less energy to operate than a standard data center (hat tip Green Data Center Blog).
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 early this year. 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. The built-in penthouse houses the chiller-less air conditioning system that uses 100% airside economization and evaporative cooling to maintain the operating environment.
A walk-through of Facebook’s new data center in Prineville Facebook took advantage of Prineville’s dry, desert climate to adopt unusual energy-saving features in its first company-owned data center. A simple evaporative cooling system replaced expensive chillers that most data centers use. Watch video Data centers arrived in Oregon five years ago, cloaked in mystery. There’s no hiding them now.
A small team of Facebook engineers spent the past two years tackling a big challenge: how to scale our computing infrastructure in the most efficient and economical way possible. Working out of an electronics lab in the basement of our Palo Alto, California headquarters, the team designed our first data center from the ground up; a few months later we started building it in Prineville, Oregon. The project, which started out with three people, resulted in us building our own custom-designed servers, power supplies, server racks, and battery backup systems.
Facebook today unveiled details of its new technology infrastructure, which features custom-built servers, racks and UPS units that will fill its new data center in Prineville, Oregon. The project is Facebook’s first company-built facility, and is optimized from the two-story structure right down to the servers to reflect the company’s vision for energy efficient data center operations.