SAN ANTONIO – Facebook has been an industry leader in building its Internet infrastructure for scalability. That includes the scalability of the people that work in the company’s data centers.
Each Facebook data center operations staffer can manage at least 20,000 servers, and for some admins the number can be as high as 26,000 systems, according to Delfina Eberly, Director of Data Center Operations at Facebook. Eberly was the keynote speaker Tuesday morning at the 7×24 Exchange 2013 Fall Conference, speaking on “Operations at Scale.”
Facebook’s performance appears to break new ground in the server-to-admin ratio, which has rarely exceeded 10,000 to 1 (see High Scalability for more). The company’s success affirms the potential of using an integrated approach in which the operations team works closely with other teams in IT and facilities.