Facebook debuts public dashboards about power, water usage at datacenters

Summary:Facebook’s new dashboards are designed to report back continuous, near-real-time data for key efficiency metrics at its datacenters across the United States.


Facebook has introduced two new dashboards with the intention of improving power and water usage effectiveness at its datacenters in Oregon and North Carolina.

See also: Facebook highlights water efficiency usage at its data centers

Reasserting its involvement in the Open Compute Project , Facebook open sourced the front-end code on these dashboards so that any organization interested in sharing similar stats about its own datacenters can do so.

That code will be published on the Open Compute Project’s GitHub repository "in the coming weeks."

Lyrica McTiernan, a program manager on Facebook’s sustainability team, explained in a blog post on Thursday that explained that Facebook hasn't completed work on its datacenters yet as it continues to build out its management systems.

Thus, McTiernan posited that the dashboards are "the natural next step" to figuring out what to do once servers are installed and ready to go.

All our data centers are literally still construction sites, with new data halls coming online at different points throughout the year. Since we’ve created dashboards that visualize an environment with so many shifting variables, you’ll probably see some weird numbers from time to time. That’s OK. These dashboards are about surfacing raw data – and sometimes, raw data looks messy. But we believe in iteration, in getting projects out the door and improving them over time. So we welcome you behind the curtain, wonky numbers and all. As our data centers near completion and our load evens out, we expect these inevitable fluctuations to correspondingly decrease.

Facebook noted that it will also be introducing a similar setup for its new datacenter in Luleå, Sweden when that one goes online soon.

Screenshot via Facebook: Prineville, Ore.

Topics: Data Centers, Big Data, Data Management, Social Enterprise


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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