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Facebook's North Carolina data center  (Source: ubergizmo.com)
According to Facebook, over 2,000 people and 1.2 million hours of work went into the social network's latest data center

Facebook announced yesterday that its new North Carolina data center is up and running after 16 months of development.

The Facebook data center is located in Forest City, North Carolina, and will serve live user traffic. According to Facebook, over 2,000 people and 1.2 million hours of work went into the social network's latest data center.

Facebook, which has 845 million users, noted that its Forest City data center is the first large-scale deployment of the v2 OpenCompute Project web servers. These servers are also some of the first to use Intel's Sandy Bridge processor.

In addition, Facebook proudly mentioned that its N.C. data center will be one of the most energy efficient in the world with a projected power utilization effectiveness (PuE) measurement of 1.06 to 1.08 for the whole data center. It will also be one of the first to live test the Open Compute Project's outdoor air cooling systems.

"Of course, our work here is by no means done," said Facebook. "Right now, we're making great progress on a second building on the site that mirrors the first, and are on track to complete it in 2012. We are also committed to keep evolving the technologies and designs at the facility, and are excited to be growing one of the world's most energy efficient data centers in your backyard."

It's a funny coincidence that Facebook's Forest City data center is online only days after independent environmental organization Greenpeace released a report that exposed huge tech companies' use of clean and dirty energy. Facebook was on that list with a 36.4 percent Clean Energy Index score. Greenpeace also said Facebook had 39.4 percent coal dependency, and grades of "D" in energy transparency, "B" in infrastructure siting, "B" in energy efficiency and GHG mitigation, and "C" in renewables and advocacy.

The company who really took a beating on the Greenpeace score sheet was Apple, which had a 15.3 percent Clean Energy Index score and a whopping 55.1 percent coal usage. In the same categories listed for Facebook, Apple received grades of "D," "F," "D" and "D."

Apple argued that it was making a valid effort with its Maiden, North Carolina data center, which it launched last spring for iCloud and iTunes support. Apple's North Carolina data center is a 100-acre, 20-megawatt facility that generates about 42 million kWh of clean energy on an annual basis.

Source: Facebook



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By Iketh on 4/20/12, Rating: 0
RE: ....
By mras on 4/21/2012 11:29:16 AM , Rating: 2
Server cpu's are allways behind consumer cpu schedules, when it comes to Intel.
For instance:
E3 Xeon Server cpu got released around 20th February 2012
E5 Xeon Server cpu got released around 6th March 2012
Both of above is Sandy Bridge derivations of the Server Cpu class.
The Sandy Bridge Consumer cpu got rlsed in January 2011.

With so close to rlsdate of previus generation of Xeon Sandy Bridge based cpu's, you wont see Ivy Bridge based xeons for some time -> I'd say wait atleast 7-8 months.

Further more, PuE describes the relations between the power needed for the System vs the power needed to cool down that system.
Therefor, you want as low PuE number as possible, not as high!


RE: ....
By IntelUser2000 on 4/21/2012 5:48:58 PM , Rating: 2
Mras, the Sandy Bridge based E3 Xeons were released in 2011, not 2012.


RE: ....
By mras on 4/22/2012 9:39:39 AM , Rating: 2
Your' right.
But the cpu's they will use in this article, isn't a single cpu socket, making the entire e3 rather.... well useless :)


Come on Tiffany...
By espaghetti on 4/22/2012 3:01:12 PM , Rating: 5
Cool article until you acted like we cared what Greenpeace had to report.
True story.




fix UI
By bjacobson on 4/20/2012 9:00:54 PM , Rating: 2
wonder if this will fix that weirdo AJAXTMLFUBAR code they use for loading Messages, Friend Requests, etc. that causes it to only load the dropdown menu every other click....




RAID
By brshoemak on 4/23/2012 8:07:50 AM , Rating: 2
Right now, we're making great progress on a second building on the site that mirrors the first, and are on track to complete it in 2012.

Should be the biggest RAID1 array in the world. That array will take FOREVER to initialize. ;)




Greenpeace as an authority?
By hondaman on 4/23/2012 9:39:01 AM , Rating: 1
Citing Greenpeace as an authority on an environmental impact would be like asking Vladimir Putin what's wrong with our economy.




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