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.
7:34 am on Mar 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
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.
8:24 am on Mar 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
Hey, I have a great idea on how they could save a little disk space.
How about this: When a user deletes a photo in his facebook account they could actually delete it from their harddrive instead of saving it until kingdom come and just removing the link.
I think that would also be a great improvement of customer service, because I think if a user deletes something in his account, he might kind of expect that some sort of deletion actually takes place.