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Facebook's Oregon Data Center Uses As Much Power As Entire County 208

1sockchuck writes "The first phase of the Facebook data center in Oregon uses 28 megawatts of utility power, local officials said this week. That's not extraordinary for a facility of that size in most data center hubs. But it stands out in Crook County, Oregon where all the homes and business other than Facebook use 30 megawatts of power. The economics of Facebook's presence in Oregon are outlined in a new study, which asserts that the Prineville facility has brought tens of millions of dollars into the local economy. The second phase of the Facebook project is now underway, and the local utility grid is being expanded to add capacity." The study claiming economic benefits was commissioned by Facebook (reader beware).
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Facebook's Oregon Data Center Uses As Much Power As Entire County

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  • by vikingpower ( 768921 ) on Tuesday January 31, 2012 @06:39AM (#38875357) Homepage Journal
    If it takes as high a power consumption as that of an entire US county to let all these non-grown-ups post their weekend pics in order to make eachother even more envious, then that is one more solid argument against the whole Facebook craze. Down and away with it.
  • by geogob ( 569250 ) on Tuesday January 31, 2012 @06:45AM (#38875379)

    Or you could put your data center in Quebec, almost exclusively producing electricity from water and with little problem with cooling 10 months out of 12. There's a reason while so many aluminum plants are present in that Canadian province. Bonus : link the the Chicago network hub is easier from there than from northern Sweden.

    With data center like these, they can expect less than 0.03 $CAD per kWh.

  • by gnasher719 ( 869701 ) on Tuesday January 31, 2012 @06:57AM (#38875463)
    A few years ago I visited a nuclear power station, and 28 Megawatt was about the output of the ship's diesel engine that they had on standby for emergency power supply to be able to run cooling systems etc. in case the power station itself breaks down and it can't get power from other power stations. I think it is also about what a large cruise ship needs for all its electrical needs. Seems to be a very small county that they are talking about.
  • Re:Go the Apple way (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 31, 2012 @08:34AM (#38875879)

    Costs in Africa are enormous. For power, both grid and fuel supply are unreliable, so onsite generation and large storage are a must. Latency to users in the US, Asia and Europe is crippling, and corruption is massive, it will drag your deployment out for years.

  • by kiwimate ( 458274 ) on Tuesday January 31, 2012 @09:24AM (#38876201) Journal

    And Slashdot is any better?

    At least Facebook allows you to delete your account (keeping data around is another story). Slashdot doesn't even bother pretending.

    How can I delete my account?

    You can't. The system needs to keep track of the users, so accounts are permanent. Don't sweat leaving unused accounts hanging around. It doesn't hurt anything.

Logic is the chastity belt of the mind!