Facebook is a superpower, affecting the globe on a daily basis. If Facebook were to disappear, most people would not know what to do; too many people depend on it to get through the day. There are over 1 billion worldwide members! As of 2011, the earth’s population was 6.974 billion. One seventh of the world’s population is on Facebook. Can you believe that? Just imagine all those status updates!
Due to the large amount of users and data, Facebook always aims to improve its infrastructure. It is going through what many analysts call an “infrastructure boom”, a massive operation to improve server capacity, improve web services and setting a precedent for building energy-efficient data centers that use less power and money.
Currently, Facebook has two data centers in the United States, one in Prineville, Oregon and the other in Forest City, North Carolina. This summer, they will be building a third just outside of Des Moines, Iowa. All three data centers cover different geographical regions in the country. Prineville helps the infrastructure out west, Forest City handles the east and the third will help pump Facebook blood throughout the Midwest.
Each data center utilizes the region’s strength as well as unique technology to conserve energy, such as new types of cooling systems, solar panel fields and water spray systems. These data centers are remarkable examples of energy-efficient engineering, construction and ambition. From top to bottom, Facebook is steamrolling into the future, and we are going along for the ride!
Construction Protection Systems played a small part in the construction of the data center in Prineville. We are proud to have played a role in Facebook’s growth as it brings the world closer together in an energy-efficient way. If you have any questions about our products or services, including our patented 1-2-3 Door Shield®, please contact us!
*Image courtesy of Guillaume Paumier, via Wikipedia