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FOCUS WHAT'S ON THE WEB


WHAT'S ON THE WEB


Facebook's Oregon-based data center fl oor to use evaporative cooling system, while server heat to be recaptured for warming offi ces


Construction has commenced on popular social networking company Facebook’s fi rst enterprise data center in Prineville, Oregon. The facility will use airside economisation – its data center fl oor will be cooled by an evaporative cooling system, and some heat from the servers will be recaptured to warm air in the offi ces.


“We have come a long way from our roots in a Harvard dorm room, when Facebook was only available at some colleges and run on a single server,” the company’s vice president of technical operations, Jonathan Heiliger, wrote in a blog post. “Now with more than 350 million people worldwide, and our service and business continuing to grow, we must constantly scale our technical infrastructure to meet the demand.


“An important step along the way is to build a custom data center so we can design it to meet our unique needs,” he said.


Until the decision to build its own data center, Facebook has been leasing space in numerous colocation facilities, gradually expanding to a point of having to lease entire buildings to house its IT infrastructure.


As with most other new data center build projects, design of the 117,000 sq ft facility includes solutions and methods to maximise its energy effi ciency. The evaporative cooling system “minimises water consumption by using outside air,” Heiliger wrote, and uses less energy than a typical chilled-water system does.


The facility will be able to use airside economisation 60-70% of the time per year. It will also take advantage of a proprietary patent-pending UPS system, which Heiliger said would reduce energy use. He did not provide further details on the type of technology used in the system. 


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