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[GigaOM] Facebook’s Insatiable Hunger for Hardware

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I’ve been trying to get a handle on Facebook’s infrastructure for some time, but so far have been unable to get the company to open up. The last time I reached out to them, back in January, I was hearing that they had between 1,200 and 1,500 servers, along with storage and switches from EMC Corp. and Force 10 Networks respectively. As it turns out, those server numbers weren’t even close to the total servers used by them.

The company is running around 10,000 servers, according to Data Center Knowledge, citing comments made by Facebook VP of technology, Jeff Rothschild, at a recent MySQL user conference. (See video of the panel.) Of the 10,000 servers, 1,800 are from MySQL and around 805 of them are memcached servers. In order to house its sprawling infrastructure, Facebook has leased data center space from DuPont Fabros in Ashburn, Va., and Digital Realty Trust in Santa Clara, Calif., DCK reports.

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so some quick, back-of-the-envelope math reveals $7 million in spending by the social networking company. A well placed source of mine just let me know that Facebook is going to spend over $9 million more on servers this year.
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post #2 of 55
They need watercooled 45nm servers.
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facebook is so lame!
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Wow i didn't know facebook was that big. Most people i know use Myspacker rather than facebook.
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I wonder how many megawatts of energy they go through.
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10,000 servers for facebook? That can't be true....
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Why not? They host more pictures than any other site.
    
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post #8 of 55
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Originally Posted by Psilocybe View Post
Why not? They host more pictures than any other site.
10000? if each one had a 320 gb hard drive then that's 3200000 gb right there or 3200 terrabytes... for images? They can't host that much, also I doubt each one has a 320 gb hard drive, they'd most likely have 500 gb+
And they're planning on getting more servers??? Seriously this is a load of BS.
    
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post #9 of 55
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10000? if each one had a 320 gb hard drive then that's 3200000 gb right there or 3200 terrabytes... for images? They can't host that much, also I doubt each one has a 320 gb hard drive, they'd most likely have 500 gb+
And they're planning on getting more servers??? Seriously this is a load of BS.
I don't think you know how popular FB is.... In my area people are on 24/7.
    
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They need to dedicate more servers for security purposes, or just re-do code. It is sooo easy to just modify some HTML and Java Script and mess up someones page. Most of this is due to 3rd-party apps, but this needs to be addressed ASAP.
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