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How (and why) Facebook excels at data center efficiency

Matt Kapko | Dec. 4, 2014
Efficiency is a priority at the core of Facebook's capability to scale, according to Jason Taylor, the company's vice president of infrastructure. There are never more than five types of servers in use at any of Facebook's data centers, located in five different regions, and no servers or infrastructure sit dormant waiting for services to launch, Taylor told analysts yesterday at the Credit Suisse Technology Conference.

Facebook's Exponential Rise in Network Bandwidth

Taylor says that the amount of network available for a reasonable price is increasing dramatically. The standard 1GB servers that Facebook used when he joined the company in 2009 were upgraded to 10GB in 2011, and they'll be swapped out again with 25GB boxes within the next two years.

"I'd say within three years we'll have 100GB servers," Taylor says. "So over around a six-year period, going 100 times up in the amount of bandwidth that's available. I think network and improvements in networking is going to be the largest driver toward changes in how large-scale Internet companies work."

 

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