Facebook building cold storage facility for old content

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Facebook is building a huge cold storage data centre in Prineville, Oregon to house old and unpopular photos and messages, an effort to cut energy costs as more people flood the social network with content.

Facebook is building a huge cold storage data centre in Prineville, Oregon to house old and unpopular photos and messages, an effort to cut energy costs as more people flood the social network with content.

 
The new 16,000-square-foot facility will link up more hard drives to each server, slightly increasing the time (by milliseconds) it takes for users to download content stored there, but significantly increasing the power efficiency of the social network.
 
The servers will make extra energy savings by going into sleep mode when no data is being accessed, which means they will not need to be cooled as much as the existing set-up.
 
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Facebook is also working on a data centre in Sweden, its first outside the US. This will be not far from the Arctic Circle, and temperatures will be so low that it will act as a natural way to keep servers cool, saving significantly on energy costs. As the social network continues to grow it will likely need more facilities like this, and it said it plans to invest more in infrastructure throughout the year.
 
A mere eight percent of the images posted to Facebook generate roughly 85 percent of the traffic, and these will still be stored in a super fast always-on data centre. A whopping 300 million photos are uploaded to the service every day, so it is understandable why the company is seeking ways to manage this volume of data more efficiently.
 
Source: The Telegraph
Images Credit: Prineville Data Centre