Posted By Rich Miller On April 25, 2007 @ 9:25 am In Cooling | Comments Disabled
“We were just trying to keep the wheels on the wagon.” When (Van Natta) went to check the data center, he was horrified. “There were little fans like this big” – holding up his hands to indicate the size of a grapefruit – “tucked between the servers. It was over 110 degrees in some aisles.” And the data center guys were plugging in more servers and screwing them into racks, trying to keep up with the rapidly scaling site. The Plexiglas sides of the server racks were warping from the heat. “I was, like, Mayday!” he recalls. “We need to get on top of this!”Let’s hope that was 110 degrees in the hot aisle. While it’s had its growing pains, Facebook has scaled into one of the Web’s busiest sites. The Fast Company features noted ComScore data that Facebook is now the sixth-most trafficked web destination in the U.S. Traffic has almost certainly been even higher in the last 10 days, as Facebook has been an important venue for online memorials and discussion in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings.
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 cover story in Fast Company: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/115/open_features-hacker-dropout-ceo.html
 online memorials and discussion : http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9588_22-6176794.html
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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