How Facebook Manages Its Data

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facebook infrastructureWith a massive user base of over a billion people, Facebook has sometimes (and quite humorously) been dubbed the biggest human database that ever existed in history. However, Facebook isn’t only a social network that stores data about users; itโ€™s also a gigantic database that houses loads of โ€˜data about dataโ€™. Now before you get confused, let me quickly break it down to get a better perspective.

Last year alone, Facebook reportedly scanned approximately 210 terabytes of data every hour. ย This number has since then doubled. Thatโ€™s millions of photos, billions of likes, and more billions of Facebook shares all managed and personalised to its usersโ€™ needs.

To put things into perspective, hereโ€™s a brief analysis of the amount of data which flows through Facebookโ€™s data centers all day, everyday:

About 4.5 billion likes generated daily (as of May 2013) on and off of the Facebook website

300 million photo uploads

Over 70,000 queries executed

More than 2.5B – content items shared

500+ terabytes of new data “ingested”

You might just wonder how Facebook does all this in perfect harmony? I found a very fascinating short video describing how Facebook manages its data. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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