How Facebook Serves Up 300 Million Users

A look at the fully-packed racks inside a Facebook data center facility.

A look at the fully-packed racks inside a Facebook data center facility.

Facebook announced last night that it now has more than 300 million active users, meaning the social network has been adding users at an average rate of 670,000 per day. Most of those users are uploading photos and videos, which requires a lot of storage and computing assets.

That’s why Facebook has been aggressively expanding its infrastructure by leasing wholesale data center space from DuPont Fabros Technology (DFT)  in Virginia and Digital Realty Trust in California. Here’s a look at some of our coverage of the growth of Facebook’s data center infrastructure:     

Here are some “Facebook by the numbers” posts:

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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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