Facebook Plans More Powerful Servers for Data Centers

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted December 2, 2011

Facebook plans to start rolling out more powerful servers based on Intel Sandy Bridge and AMD Bulldozer processors and 10 Gbit Ethernet links in its data centers next year smaller. As reported on EE|Times, the social networking site currently uses Intel Westmere and AMD Magny Cours chips and Gbit Ethernet links.


"The new chips come on a board that fits in a half-sized 1.5U slot. Facebook's current server board design requires a full 1.5U slot.

"The new server boards will have 10 Gbit/s Ethernet on board linking via 40 Gbit/s Ethernet to top-of-rack switches. Its current boards use Gbit Ethernet linking to top-of-rack switches via two 10 Gbit Ethernet copper connections.

"The current racks are rated for up to 6.5 KW of power. The next-generation racks will consume up to 14 KW.

"The social networking site now runs tens of thousands of servers in two of its own data centers in the U.S. It is building a third data center in Sweden to keep pace with an estimated 800 million users."

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