Those photos of your sweetheart or grandkids uploaded to Facebook live near Forest City along a dimly lit corridor with flashing lights and a constant hum.
The Facebook data center off U.S. 74 has begun an innovative way of looking after those images.
On Wednesday, the 2-year-old data center about 75 miles west of Charlotte hosted a rare media tour that included a new “cold storage” facility that officials say has revolutionized the way Facebook manages billions of photos shared by users.
“It’s a digital attic,” said Keven McCammon. “And it’s designed for growth. The massiveness of storage and data is constantly increasing.”
According to Facebook officials, 350 million new photos are uploaded by users every day. To date, more than 400 billion photos have been shared, requiring a tremendous amount of server capacity and energy.
Read more at the Observer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/16/4846009/a-peek-inside-the-nc-data-center.html