As of the second quarter of 2016, Facebook had 1.71 billion monthly active users. But how many users out of the 1.7 billion ever wonder about Facebook’s technology infrastructure, which is keeping so many people across the world connected. To share the same with the world, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared what the data center of the company looks like and where it is situated. Zuckerberg shared some stunning images of the facility and talked about how the center operates in an energy and resource efficient manner. Zuckerberg describes the data center as a shot from a ‘sci-fi’ movie. The data center was first opened three years ago in 2013, which was also Facebook’s first server outside of the US. It is situated at Luleå, in Sweden, which is a small coastal town just south of the Arctic Circle, and near the top of the world. It is surrounded by dense forests and icy rivers. Also Read - Facebook gives voice to emojis with Soundmoji: Here's how to send
Zuckerberg shared “some rare photos of the most advanced technology Facebook is building around the world.” The album shows the company’s data center at Luleå, Sweden. Zuckerberg writes that the data center is an important part of Facebook’s global infrastructure, and it uses a variety of local natural resources to increase efficiency and save power. The post shows that Facebook uses the natural Arctic air to maintain the temperature for its warm servers. The data center uses a dozen hydro-electric plants situated at nearby rivers, providing the center with renewable power source. He also shared the acreage of the data center, saying that “the main building is the size of six football fields.” He says that the main data hall is so big that engineers move around on scooters. Also Read - Netflix could launch its video game streaming service next year, at no extra cost
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Proud of the resource efficiency of the company’s data center, Zuckerberg explains that “the whole system is 10 percent more efficient and uses almost 40 percent less power than traditional data centers.” He even quotes Jay Park, Director of Data Center Design Engineering, in one of his pictures as saying, “There is no more efficient data center in the world.” The Facebook CEO also shared how the data center is so important to the company and how it has helped them function more efficiently. He wrote, “The equipment is reduced to its basics so it runs cooler. It can also be easily accessed and repaired quickly. A few years ago, it took an hour to repair a server hard drive. At Luleå, that’s down to two minutes.”
Sharing a little nostalgia, Zuckerberg also shared a picture of a napkin paper with the initial plans of the data center sketched on it. “Late one night, while traveling, engineer Jay Park sketched his vision for a system that streamlined the way power moves from the local utility grid to our servers.” Along with some facts and figures about the data center and its inception, Zuckerberg also shared photos of its employees working at the facility.
The Facebook CEO has promised to share more pictures over the next one month that will show the technology the company is building around the world.