I’m no Facebook Fan-boy, but…

Updated April 7, 2011

Doc Sheldon

This morning, someone tweeted about a live webcast where Facebook was going to make some big announcement. Envisioning a “Pinky and the Brain” moment, I tuned in and watched it. I’m really glad I did. They may well have revolutionized data center design and server design, simultaneously.

As a bit of background, when I worked as an electrical engineer, my specialty was the UPS (uninterruptible power supply) to keep the data center operating, at all costs. Downtime is costly, particularly for centers that lease time on their mainframes. I worked closely with other team members to design new facilities or expand existing centers (the former is MUCH to be preferred, from an engineer’s standpoint!)

Efficiency was usually the biggest selling point for any of the peripheral equipment. Just to give you an idea:

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