Gizmodo posted a great article today about Facebook’s new data center in Sweden and the process Facebook went through to design it.  The title, “Building the Part of Facebook No One Ever Sees”, was pretty dead on.  It got me thinking about all the craziness that goes into building a data center for the cloud-based world we now live in.  It’s pretty awe inspiring (especially for someone like me who can’t see to get the cooling right just in his little media/wiring closet.)

The massive amounts of data that these centers chew through every day is overwhelming to us mere mortals:

“Facebook, as the second most-visited site in the world after Google, needs a lot of them. The company estimates that its servers process around 2.4 billion pieces of content and 750 terabytes of data every day. In 2012, Facebook reported that its users took up around 7 petabytes of photo storage from one of its data centers every month.”


Image: AP Photo/Facebook, Alan Brandt (via Gizmodo)

Check out the the full article:


I definitely recommend taking a read through it.  If nothing else, it will give you a new appreciation of what it takes to make something like Facebook.


Google Data Centers

If you want to dig in a bit more into the impressive data centers that are out there, Google also has a pretty decent set of pages walking through their technology:

Just one aisle of Google’s rack servers (Image: Google)

Explore them at the Google Data Centers site.


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Hi, I'm Bryan. Thanks for dropping in my little corner of the Internet. I am currently Head of Consumer Products at PayScale, responsible for the design of the company's consumer-facing web and mobile experiences. Before that, I was Redfin's first (and only) Vice President of Products, responsible for the design of Redfin's website, mobile applications, agent tools and information technology systems. Prior to joining Redfin, I worked for nearly ten years at Microsoft as both an engineering manager and a lead program manager. He was responsible for integrating major partners' services with Microsoft's mobile technologies and, prior to that, building I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (go Badgers!) with a degree in computer science and communication arts (tv, radio & film.)