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Tour of Facebook green data center

Posted in data-center, energy-efficiency, facebook, servers on May 17th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Team of Facebook engineers has develop custom software, servers and data center configurations to achieve a leading energy efficiency performance.  The company has recently open sourced their technologies to advance the state of the industry.



Zuckerberg tours efficient datacenter in Oregon

Posted in facebook, state-oregon on April 17th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Mark Zuckerberg tours his company’s green data center in Prineville, Oregon.  …

…   “Facebook says the custom-built data center uses 38 percent less energy to do the same work as the company’s existing facilities. “   …

via Yahoo News: Zuckerberg at Facebook data center.

Facebook Open Compute Project Hacks Infrastructure for Energy Efficiency

Posted in data-center, data-center-design, data-center-efficiency-program, facebook, green-data-center, green-design, green-power, reduce-power-consumption on April 8th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Facebook’s Prineville data center has reduced its energy consumption by 38 percent and delivers the same work as the company’s existing facilities.

Facebook is sharing its achievements through the Open Compute Project to collaborate with the technology industry on sustainable practices in the green data center.  …

…   “As a first step, we are publishing specifications and mechanical designs for the hardware used in our data center, including motherboards, power supply, server chassis, server rack, and battery cabinets.

In addition, we’re sharing our data center electrical and mechanical construction specifications.

This technology enabled the Prineville data center to achieve an initial power usage effectiveness (PUE) ratio of 1.07, compared with an average of 1.5 for our existing facilities.”   …

Via Facebook: Efficient Data Centers.

Facebook Greenpeace Datacenter Controversy

Posted in datacenter, energy-efficient, facebook, green-power, greenpeace, state-oregon on September 2nd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Greenpeace sustains its challenge to Facebook to seek more sustainable power sources for its Oregon data center.  …

…   “But Facebook says Greenpeace is offering a simplistic explanation of how energy grids work, and the company chose the location of its data center because it could be energy efficient.

To say the Facebook chose coal is inaccurate, said spokesman Barry Schnitt. “   …

Via AP: Greenpeace v Facebook.

Facebook Mechanical Chiller Avoidance

Posted in carbon-footprint, chiller, datacenter, energy-efficiency, facebook, state-oregon on February 21st, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Facebook responds to Greenpeace regarding carbon footprint of its Oregon data center. …

… “Said differently, if we located the data center most other places, we would need mechanical chillers, use more energy, and be responsible for more overall carbon … ” …

Via Data Center Knowledge: Facebook

State Role in Data Center Success

Posted in data-center, facebook, state-oregon on February 14th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Oregon works hard to put together the right package of incentives to land Facebook’s energy effcient data center in the state. …

… “Governor Kulongoski said the state has been working with Facebook’s representatives for a number of months to help bring together the land, utilities and incentives to make the project a success. ” …

Via Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski: Data Center in Prineville

Facebook Custom Data Center

Posted in air-economizers, cooling-system, cost-effective, data-center, economizer, efficiency, facebook, facility-design, heat-exchange, operations, ups on January 22nd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Facebook breaks ground on its custom data center that will support scalable growth for the company. Efficiency features include evaporative cooling, airside economizer, server heat exchange, and a proprietary uninterruptible power supply. …

… “We are designing a facility that will be highly efficient and cost-effective for our operations today and into the future. When Facebook first began with a small group of people using it and no photos or videos to display, the entire service could run on a single server. … ” …

Via Facebook: Our First Custom Data Center

Facebook Data Center Power Distribution

Posted in data-center, efficiency, facebook, google, power-distribution, power-savings, techniques on November 30th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Facebook will drive efficiency into its data center using techniques practiced at Google. …

… “Facebook says it’s streamlining its servers, and also plans to adopt a novel power distribution design pioneered by Google. ” …

Via Data Center Knowledge: Facebook Data Center