How Facebook tested its new Prineville data center


Facebook explained how it had to stress-test its software in preparation for the move to the company’s new data center in Prineville.

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Facebook explained how it had to stress-test its software in preparation for the move to the company’s new data center in Prineville.

The testing was nicknamed “Project Triforce.”

That it could afford to build its own data center at all shows how big Facebook has become. It also shows the pressure that fast-growing social-networking sites are under to keep outages to a minimum. Twitter is also moving into its own data center, citing a need for more control over its infrastructure.

Facebook had never tested its News Feed, search engine and ad network outside of the two-data-center configuration. The company needed to ensure that “our entire software stack would be able to evolve and work smoothly in the new region, without interrupting what our users do every day on Facebook,” Facebook’s Sanjeev Kumar wrote in the company’s engineering blog.

Read more at PC World Business Center.

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