Facebook Shows Dedication to Data Backup with 'Sub-Zero' Facility

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Few companies house more data than Facebook. With whatever the user count is up to now, fake profiles notwithstanding, (is it over a billion yet?), the amount of data that the company has to handle is simply staggering. And whatever you think of Zuckerberg and Friends, they’re not dumb; they know that in order to protect the Facebook behemoth, they can’t afford any outages or data loss, so they’re taking measures to shore up their backups, big time.

According to a Wired report, Facebook is building a new type of cold-storage data center that will utilize a “low-power deep-storage” hard disk-based server that only kicks on when needed and otherwise shuts itself off. The energy that these new servers will burn compared to current Facebook servers is purportedly 1.5KW compared to 4.5KW.

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Facebook's Prineville, Oregon facility

The 62,000-foot facility, code-named “Sub-Zero”, is being built next Facebook’s larger data center in Prineville, Oregon and will serve as the company’s emergency backup site. (The social networking giant maintains two backups of everything; one is always readily available so users won’t even notice if there’s a problem with the primary storage, and the other is for emergencies only.)

Facebook’s engineers haven’t actually, technically, built the servers and designed the software for Sub-Zero yet; they have 6-9 months to get that done, but we imagine that if the mighty Zuck is your boss, you find ways to get these sorts of things innovated and implemented by your deadline.
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Erakith replied on Sun, Aug 19 2012 4:58 PM

Is it actually sub-zero though? Those sort of operating conditions would be pretty interesting to see.

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Jaybk26 replied on Sun, Aug 19 2012 7:33 PM

It seems highly unlikely as it's only a codename, it's probably kept a balmy 60 degrees though:P The real question is where did they get their Facebook banner? That's an interesting mixture of hilarious and awesome:D

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More like hibernation deep freez

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realneil replied on Sun, Aug 19 2012 8:11 PM

I thought that they were building a data storage center in Iceland or Greenland. (somewhere cold as Hail so they could use the outside temps to help control their cooling costs.

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LKnudson replied on Sun, Aug 19 2012 9:35 PM

That's a HUGE building to store data. I would think in our age of improved technology you could store that much data in much smaller places

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AKnudson replied on Sun, Aug 19 2012 9:35 PM

The "fan boi" comment is in reference to a particularly god article about the on going patent litigation, if i remember right then i posted on your original comment check your recent posts.

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Inspector replied on Sun, Aug 19 2012 11:51 PM

For some reason this article makes the place sound like some top secret building with the servers hidden deep underground with top security lol.

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InsideSin replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 2:34 AM

Social networking making a physical presence with large End-Of-The-World like buildings?

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JOMA replied on Mon, Aug 20 2012 8:48 AM

If it really does save power then it's a good thing.

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