Video: Inside Facebook’s Server Room

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The server room at the new Facebook data center in Prineville, Oregon, featuring a hot aisle containment system. (Photo credit: Alan Brandt)

Facebook has published photos and schematics of the design of the servers and systems powering its new data center in Oregon. On Friday we got a look at the real thing, as the company opened the doors of its Prineville facility to a group of journalists and local officials. Facebook Director of Datacenter Engineering Jay Park provided a tour of the data center, which we’ll be presenting in two installments. Today’s video provides a look inside the data halls housing thousands of servers that power Facebook, including a closer look at the custom servers, racks and UPS units the company created for the facility. This video runs about 8 minutes.

See part two of our video tour, which looks at the custom cooling system Facebook created for the Prineville facility. For more about this data center, see our previous coverage:

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. Great video, very interesting and informative.

  2. What solution did you use for Earthquake Mitigation?

  3. Anton

    I must have missed something here, the servers are 94.5% efficient, but they still have a Harmonic at PF problem that they need to manage. I would like somebody to explain why they didn’t get a server with low harmonics and unity PF that way it would be even more efficient!

  4. Mia

    Skynet has become self aware.

  5. Alex

    It's really saddening to see that such ingenious technical solutions are being used for an average John Doe to be able to play Farmville.

  6. Lennie

    What Google, Microsoft, Sun/Oracle, Yahoo and Facebook is doing is all still a little experimental. When will this converge into something which will be sold to regular customers ? My first thought was, why do the servers still have fans ? I've seen designs where the larger fans are outside the server and I wonder if it would be possible to put 2 servers in the that same 1.5 U enclosure. Ohh, well, I guess it will take time.

  7. Jack

    There are a few similar solutions on the market, one I'm familiar with is the 'iDataplex' system from IBM. That system puts up to ~80 low-power motherboards (think Laptop system boards) into a single cabinet with integrated cooling and power. Similar to this DC, they are low on redundancy features and meant to simply swap boards if there is a failure. I'm sure Dell, HP and Sun have similar solutions.

  8. I like the hot isle containment. This is difficult to implement in a retrofitted space with mixed hardware. Designing the entire data center from the ground up has its advantages.

  9. Wow, this is awesome. A very great Server Center. Interesting Video.

  10. jerome

    interesting to see that some space does not need lighting...a place that no one has gone before but then still standing there...

  11. I am just amazed to see servers in that huge amount

  12. Amezing tochnology of facebook.