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Facebook's Futuristic Data Center: Inside Tour

Facebook's cutting-edge data center in the high desert of Oregon represents the future. Take a look at the technologies and choices that make it tick.
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From the roof of Building 2, a 62,000-square-foot "mini-building," which will serve as a cold storage center, is visible. It will house a concentration of disk arrays with a few running servers to store Facebook's less-frequently accessed pictures and content. This approach means it will take a few milliseconds longer to retrieve pictures you haven't looked at recently, but it's more cost-effective for Facebook, which manages 350 million picture uploads per day -- a photo storehouse that grows at the rate of 7 PB a month.

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