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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Facebook plans to try out a more efficient storage system known as "cold storage" at its Prineville data center. The social network already holds over 240 billion photos, and users add 350 million photos every day.

Facebook says 82 percent of its traffic is focused on just 8 percent of its photos. Its cold storage facility is designed to create a more efficient way to store those photos that aren’t in heavy rotation.

The cold storage building is just a skeletal frame now, and a concrete pad. Facebook hopes to have the first of three phases up and running by fall. Each of the three 16,000-square-foot data hubs could hold an exabyte of data – equivalent to 1 million hard drives inside a contemporary PC.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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