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Last month, I wrote about Facebook’s insatiable hunger for hardware. Over the weekend, Spencer Ante of Business Week reported that Palo Alto-based social networking company had raised about $100 million from Triplepoint Capital, a venture lending operation. “It will be used entirely for servers,” Facebook Chief […]

Last month, I wrote about Facebook’s insatiable hunger for hardware. Over the weekend, Spencer Ante of Business Week reported that Palo Alto-based social networking company had raised about $100 million from Triplepoint Capital, a venture lending operation. “It will be used entirely for servers,” Facebook Chief Financial Officer Gideon Yu told Business Week’s Ante. That gives us a sense of how much hardware is gulping down.

In other words, Facebook could easily increase its number of servers from current estimates of about 10,000 servers to over 50,000 servers, in order to keep up with its growth. Various web analytic companies estimate that Facebook has over 100 million visitors and serves up billions of pages every month. One of my sources had told me that Facebook was looking to spend about $9 million this year on hardware, but apparently, their needs are much bigger. All that spending should prove to be good news for Rackable (RACK), which has been a big server supplier to Facebook.

Facebook has built an enviable infrastructure. I personally believe that its desire to market Facebook Connect is a way to offload (at a later stage) some of the pressures Facebook apps are placing on its system . Regardless, there’s one exec who is not going to be around to help architect the next phase of Facebook’s back end bulk-up: CTO Adam D’Angelo has left the company, according to Kara Swisher and Eric Eldon.

Facebook spokeswoman confirmed the news and added that “D’Angelo will be transitioning out of his role as CTO and leaving Facebook to take some time off.” The company is currently looking for a VP of Engineering. Apparently, d’Angelo’s main interest was engineering, and the CTO role moved him too far away from that.

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  1. steveballmer Monday, May 12, 2008

    I gave em more than that!

  2. Pete Steege Monday, May 12, 2008

    The virtual world is starting to look very physical. The Web kicks things off, but data “factories” are going to keep it going.

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  4. Daniel Golding Monday, May 12, 2008

    A 23-year old, no matter how smart, is simply unqualified to run engineering at a firm like Facebook. Even if he has the development chops, he certainly doesn’t have the infrastructure experience needed.

    Of course, I’m waiting for one of your commenters to drop some piece of science like “why don’t they just use EC2″ or “but what about the cloud?”. At some point, running your own servers makes sense, even if owning your own datacenter doesn’t. Thats the point Facebook is at.

  5. @ Daniel,

    I think you are right about this – and that explains why Google spends so much money on its infrastructure.

    You should come to our conference though. It be fun to have you around.

  6. Why would you do it????? at diversity.net.nz Monday, May 12, 2008

    [...] just read that Facebook have just raised USD100mill all to “invest” in new servers. Apparently [...]

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  8. FredCavazza.net » Ouverture des réseaux sociaux, la route sera longue… Tuesday, May 13, 2008

    [...] Pire, certains y voient également un aveu de faiblesse concernant la plateforme technique (qui a visiblement du mal à tenir la charge) et un moyen détourné de ne pas avoir à investir trop d’argent trop vite pour la remettre à niveau. La démission récente du fondateur et directeur technique ne serait pas un hasard : Rising Cost of Facebook Infrastructure; CTO Resigns. [...]

  9. Digg, Facebook Connect To Headline at f8Con – GigaOM Tuesday, July 22, 2008

    [...] silo. These applications grew at a breakneck speed and created a bubble of their own. They also put the Facebook infrastructure under extreme stress and on a cost curve that only large revenue streams can support. The inane and pointless [...]

  10. Ouverture des réseaux sociaux, la route sera longue… | Médias sociaux Monday, August 25, 2008

    [...] Pire, certains y voient également un aveu de faiblesse concernant la plateforme technique (qui a visiblement du mal à tenir la charge) et un moyen détourné de ne pas avoir à investir trop d’argent trop vite pour la remettre à niveau. La démission récente du fondateur et directeur technique ne serait pas un hasard : Rising Cost of Facebook Infrastructure; CTO Resigns. [...]

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