PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Last Thursday, Facebook began migrating data – primarily pictures – to its newly constructed cold storage facility, within walking distance from its two huge data halls containing thousands of servers. On Tuesday, it opened the facility to reporters, providing a look at a hyperscale implementation of custom-built long-term storage.
The new building can be likened to an attic for cost-effectively housing data that hasn’t been accessed in a while – and might never be again – but still ought to be kept around.
“What’s really different about this place … (is that it’s intended for the) storage of data over the long term,” said site director Chuck Goolsbee, as he entered the new building on Facebook’s campus in the middle of the Beaver State. […]