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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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High walls of filters (left) and turquoise-colored filters (right) remove dust, insects and particles from the building's ambient air. With no compressor-based chillers, the Prineville data centers rely on outside air for all cooling operations. Depending on the time of year, some warm inside air is mixed with ambient air to achieve the right temperature before it is injected into server areas and moved across heated components by two small fans on each server. The filters have corrugated "paper" walls, similar to the circular air filters that used to sit under the hood of an automobile to filter air entering the carburetor.

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