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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Facebook's Prineville Data Center

Data Center Knowledge posted two video tours of Facebook's new data center in Prineville, OR. This data center uses Facebook's Open Compute Project designs. The videos describe many features not found in the Open Compute Project documents.

Here are the direct links on blip.tv:
Observations and comments on features not found in the Open Compute Project documents:

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My 2006 IT forecast

In March 2006, I was asked to write an IT forecast for upper management, to guide strategic planning.  I stumbled across that forecast again today, removed some internal references, and posted it below.

To IT people, and in hindsight, these forecasts seem obvious.  But they were not obvious to non-IT upper management at the time.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

More Weather Data!

Facebook recently announced their Open Compute project. Good stuff for large data centers.

Facebook's design was optimized for the weather in Prineville, OR. No, make that Redmond, OR. Facebook couldn't get good long-term weather data for Prineville, so they used weather data from Redmond instead (see page 8 of this PDF).

Prineville and Redmond are about 16 miles apart.

Does 16 miles make a big difference in the weather?  3 miles?