Facebook doubles its server count from 30,000 to 60,000 in just six months
The plateau towards the end of 2009 represents 30,000 servers -- so they've installed 30,000 servers in just the last six months, or 166 servers per day. If you've ever wanted proof of Facebook's continued, interstellar growth, this is it!
Still, I found myself looking into the number of servers that other companies have. Facebook might vie with Google for the largest website in the world, but let's be honest: Facebook serves pictures and text. It's hardly intensive work. Check out another great article from Data Center Knowledge for some numbers -- or read my bullets:
- Facebook, with 60,000 servers is big, but not that big
- Google had, it is speculated, 450,000 servers in 2006 -- God knows how many they have today. Over a million?
- Microsoft and Intel are probably in second place, with between 100 and 500 thousand servers. Microsoft is probably reaching a similar number to Google with the launch of its new Azure cloud processing service. Amazon likely has a similar number of servers too, but it's impossible to put an exact figure on it -- it depends just how big S3 is today!
- After the big corporations come the big resellers -- GoDaddy, Rackspace, The Planet, 1&1 Internet, all with 50,000 or more servers.