Inside Facebook’s Lulea Data Center

Facebook today opened its newest data center in Lulea, Sweden. The company says the  27,000 square meter (290,000 square foot) data center may be its most efficient and sustainable to date. It’s the first server farm on a multi-building campus in Lulea, and will be powered by hydro electricity and villed with the “vanity free” server and storage hardware from the Open Compute Project.  Here’s a look inside the Facebook Lulea data center. (All photos courtesy of Facebook): 


It takes a big network to support a global audience. Here’s a look at the network equipment area of the Lulea facility, which is Facebook’s first data center outside the United States. About 70 percent of Facebook’s users are outside the U.S. and Canada.


Here’s one of the data halls in Lulea, with rows of server racks on either side of a central corridor. Cool air from the facility’s upper-level “penthouse” cooling system enters the room above this center aisle, and is diffused by the screens seen near the top of the photo, which help the air spread to the end of the rows.


Servers.Lots of servers. Here’s a look at the racks inside the Lulea facility, with network switches at the top of the rack, servers filling the bulk of the rack, and storage at the bottom.


Blue lights are important in helping the servers look cool, as well as feeling cool. In the row at right, UPS units occupy the space between the “triplet” racks.

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