Facebook’s Data Center Costs
Facebook is still leasing data centers and is apparently spending $50M per hear excluding servers:
An analysis of Facebook’s spending with data center developers indicates that the company is now paying about $50 million a year to lease data center space, compared to about $20 million when we last analyzed its leases in May 2009.
That jump in spending reflects increased investment in infrastructure as the social network has grown from 200 million users in mid-2009 to more than 500 million today. During that period, Facebook has added multiple data centers in two major Internet hubs: Ashburn, Virginia and Silicon Valley in California. The company has also announced plans to build a 300,000 square foot data center in Prineville, Oregon for additional expansion.
Eventually, Facebook will have to start building their own data centers if they want continued growth. They key issues are that you can see additional custom optimizations above and beyond a stock datacenter by doing things your way.
Further, you can locate the near cheap power – which is a step that Google has taken numerous times already.