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.��