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