Facebook building ‘cold storage’ data centers for unloved photos

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Facebook currently hosts more than 240 billion user photos, but only a small percentage of them are accessed on a regular basis. With an additional 350 million photos uploaded every day, the site has been searching for more efficient ways to manage these data, including a “cold storage” system that would host older images on low-power servers.

As the Oregonian reports, the social network is currently preparing to launch three new cold storage facilities at its Prineville, Oregon data centers, with the first scheduled to open this fall. Unlike Facebook’s traditional servers, which are always powered on and ready to deliver data, the servers at its cold storage facility would be put on standby, making them ideal for older images that…

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