Facebook Expands Data Center Capacity
The company says they also contribute excess energy back to the local grids and work with utilities to help grow the market for clean energy
December 18, 2017
MOUNTAINVIEW, Calif. — We broadcasters know that to supply non-stop service to our listeners we must have main and backup systems. Large internet companies have taken that idea a step farther, though — by an order of magnitude. So just what does “dot-com reliability” mean?
“Data centers are the foundation of our global infrastructure. Meeting the growing demands of serving more than 2 billion people every month comes with the dual challenges of increasing our total capacity while keeping our energy footprint low,” according to a recent Facebook code blog. In 2017 Facebook added data centers in Odense, Denmark; Papillion, Neb.; New Albany, Ohio; and Henrico, Va. In total, Facebook now has 11 locations across the US and Europe.
“Our data centers are some of the most advanced and energy-efficient facilities in the world, and we're committed to powering all of our new data centers with 100% clean and renewable energy,” said the blog post. “In addition to helping develop new sources for solar, wind and hydro-electric energy at our data center locations, we also contribute excess energy back to the local grids and work with utilities to help grow the market for clean energy.”
Here’s a neat video from Fast Company that talks about the details of a Facebook data center.