Facebook Gets Into Customized Data Centers

By: Doug Caverly - January 21, 2010

It’s always a big deal when a company like Google, Yahoo, or Microsoft begins to build another data center; the move proves that they’ve got a fair amount of cash on hand and are growing at an impressive rate.  More significant, though, may be the idea of a company first getting into the DIY data center business, and Facebook appears to have reached that juncture.

Rich Miller reported yesterday, "Facebook has decided to begin building its own data centers, and may announce its first facility as soon as tomorrow.  The fast-growing social network has previously leased server space from wholesale data center providers, but has grown to the point where the economics favor a shift to a custom-built infrastructure."

The facility Facebook’s rumored to be behind is under right now construction and will cover 117,245 square feet in Prineville, Oregon.  Unless some seriously innovative construction techniques and types of hardware are employed, it’s sure to cost more than $100 million, and data centers often carry price tags along the lines of $500 million.

Then, when the construction’s done, Miller writes that it will take about 35 people to staff the data center.

So Facebook does indeed seem to be making a major move.  We’ll try to relay more details as they become available.

UPDATE: Yep, it’s official.

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  • http://www.duran-seo.co.il Duran seo

    as we see secretive moves going on between google and facebook, as well as googles true need of aquiring more personal information about us, it is only a matter of time until there will be a mergedown between the two.

    i dont believe it will be bought by google but i tend to think that regarding googles statements in the google search event on december about including facebook and twitter in the real time search results. google is probably in contact with facebook for developing new google technologies implanted in facebooks new datacenters.

    as i said, its only a matter of time if its not already being done as we speak.

  • http://www.athomesolutionsllc.com MM

    It’s a great move for both entities. Social networking is fast and easy for newbies who need to learn how to reconnect!