Facebook datacenter "secrets"

Facebook Open Sources Its Servers and Data Centers. Facebook has shared many details of its new server and data center design on Building Efficient Data Centers with the Open Compute Project article and project. Open Compute Project effort will bring this web scale computing to the masses. The new data center is designed for AMD and Intel and the x86 architecture.


You might ask Why Facebook open-sourced its datacenters? The answer is that Facebook has opened up a whole new front in its war with Google over top technical talent and ad dollars. “By releasing Open Compute Project technologies as open hardware,” Facebook writes, “our goal is to develop servers and data centers following the model traditionally associated with open source software projects. Our first step is releasing the specifications and mechanical drawings. The second step is working with the community to improve them.”


By the by this data center approach has some similarities to Google data center designs, at least to details they have published. Despite Google’s professed love for all things open, details of its massive data centers have always been a closely guarded secret. Google usually talks about its servers once they’re obsolete.

Open Compute Project is not the first open source server hardware project. How to build cheap cloud storage article shows another interesting project.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Facebook expands Luleå, Sweden campus with new data center

    Business Sweden said Facebook has announced plans to expand its Luleå, Sweden campus to over 100,000 m2 (1 million square feet) with the addition of a third data center (news confirmed via the Luleå campus’s very own Facebook page). The nearly 50,000 m2 data center will be operational in 2021, says Business Sweden.

    In 2011, Facebook established the data center in Sweden. Facebook has invested $1.2 U.S. billion in the Luleå data center since then, says Business Sweden.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    How Facebook configures its millions of servers every day

    When you’re a company the size of Facebook with more than two billion users on millions of servers, running thousands of configuration changes every day involving trillions of configuration checks, as you can imagine, configuration is kind of a big deal. As with most things with Facebook, they face scale problems few companies have to deal and often reach the limits of mere mortal tools.

    To solve their unique issues, the company developed a new configuration delivery process called Location Aware Delivery or LAD for short. Before developing LAD, the company had been using an open source tool called Zoo Keeper to distribute configuration data

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