1 trillion bytes
The amount of data Facebook moved from a near-capacity
data center to a new warehouse
“Obviously, getting all of the hardware
installed and tested was critical,” Mr. Tai
Team members had to choose and test-drive the technology, make final selections,
and get everything shipped, installed and
stacked with the necessary wiring, cooling
“It involved a lot of coordination with our
hardware team, the vendors and my team
to ensure all of our dates were met so that
we could transfer the data on schedule,”
Mr. Tai says.
To reduce the project risks, Mr. Gardner
set clear expectations with both internal
and external stakeholders. “If everyone
understands what you are trying to accomplish and how their target goals fit into the
macro goal to migrate the data, it gives
people a mutual goal and focuses them on
what needs to be done,” he says.
Vendors had to scramble to deliver the
required equipment in such a short time.
In addition, the project team had to conduct around-the-clock tests to determine
whether the new technology would work
with the company’s systems and deliver the
speed and accuracy it sought.
“When you move to a new platform, you
have to be sure it’s all compatible,” Mr.
DOWN TO THE WIRE
It was time to make the big move.
And that’s when team members decided
to take a major gamble—a carefully planned
major gamble, of course.
Rather than loading the data onto thou-
sands of servers and then physically trans-
porting them, the company ramped up its
private network and flowed the data directly
to the new site.