Facebook already built its own data center and its own servers. And now the social-networking giant is building its own storage hardware — hardware for housing all the digital stuff uploaded by its more than 845 million users.
“We store a few photos here and there,” says Frank Frankovsky, the ex-Dell man who oversees hardware design at Facebook. That would be an understatement. According to some estimates, the company stores over 140 billion digital photographs — and counting.
Like the web’s other leading players — including Google and Amazon — Facebook runs an online operation that’s well beyond the scope of the average business, and that translates to unprecedented hardware costs — and hardware complications. If you’re housing 140 billion digital photos, you need a new breed of hardware.
Yes I recall a doco or movie on Google. One of the founders was the software guy the other one was the networking guy. And he worked out a way of connecting lots of low cost pcs together to do quick searches. Then it showed one of their data farms. They are truly impressive buildings, racks and racks of 40 ft containers full of racks and racks of pc motherboards. Its all water-cooled with huge pipes running through the place.