A Look Inside Facebook’s Data Center


If your users are uploading 40 million photos a day, what does your data center look like? A new video seeking to recuit engineers for Facebook provides a glimpse of one of the social network’s data center facilities, along with some facts about the social network’s amazing growth. The company’s data centers store more than 40 billion photos, and users upload 40 million new photos each day – about 2,000 photos every second. Not surprisingly, the racks are packed. The facility is using a raised-floor design, with no containment but generous spacing between racks. Here’s the video, which runs about 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

For more about Facebook’s data centers, check out some of our previous coverage:

If you’re interested in opportunities for engineers at Facebook, see their careers page.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. WOW. A million users per engineer. Simply amazing organization.

  2. Damn! And we thought keeping up with delivering packages within an hour took a lot of co-ordination!

  3. Johnny Mnemonic

    glimpse is right. The video is much about the photo service than any information on how FB is storing that data.

  4. Aye, looked like a recruiting commercial for Facebook. Not a word about the architecture.

  5. My children have helped text msg'g hit a Trillion msgs this year and now they are contributing to the million photo's from their cell phones. Cha Ching.

  6. Nathaniel

    I am the lead engineer for Dell at the east coast data center for facebook. All I can say is simply amazing what they are doing. Incredible the organization they have become!!

  7. Marek

    Amazing stuff. One calculation puzzles me though. I don't get the 2,000 photos/second = 40 million photos/day There are 86,400 seconds in a day(24 hours). So, 40,000,000 / 86,400 = 463 photos per second. How did they get 2,000 photos per second?

  8. A Concerned Citizen

    Wow ... so much hardware being utilized for so much banality and narcissism. I hope Facebook goes out of business VERY soon.

  9. OMFG.....2000 photos per second.....

  10. Amazing Facebook team.. I still learning and understanding about how datacenter work..

  11. Facebook is simply amazing! At the rate it is growing per day, their data center is going to have to expand horizontally and vertically quick!

  12. Absolutely amazing. I could never image owning/running a website which required some many pc's. I would love to know how FB uses virtualisation (if any)?

  13. Nice video; wants me to go work for them; but what's up with that Belgian national flag hanging on it's side behind Josh ? Some Belgians working there perhaps, which would make me proud since i'm one too ?

  14. Paul C.Lalchungnunga

    Very Interesting Indeeed

  15. Didn't some non profit say facebook's data center was not very economically friendly? Something about using coal power instead of renewable energy. Oh well, kudos to facebook for having a data center that could keep up with so many clients, I know co-ordinating packages for our courier service is tough, their database must be huge, hopefully its not prone to hdd failure.

  16. Gian

    Does anyone knows what company Facebook uses for data storage? Now going public must be a very interesting stock to watch.... any idea?

  17. Chris chalme

    Who is the data manager at Facebook ?