Rich Miller of DataCenterKnowledge has posted an overview of the Velocity conference last week that highlighted Facebook’s need for data storage and continued processing power. According to All Facebook, Miller mentioned that Facebook has likely surpassed 60,000 servers.
These 60,000 servers are likely mainly used for the multimedia portion of Facebook. Their video and photo services are continually expanding. Hundreds of thousands of photos are uploaded every day, and that requires ample speed and storage to maintain.
One interesting point is that Facebook is building a server farm in Oregon which should help with load and demand in the future. The farm is set to open in as soon as 6 months, but it could take even longer than that.