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Facebook spends more on electricity than on bandwidth
A TechCrunch article on Friday talks about Facebook’s need to seek new capital, together with an estimated breakdown of costs.
Bandwidth: $500,000 per month
Electricity: $1 million per month
Storage: $4 million + per month, simply in new servers.
I know that Facebook isn’t the most bandwidth intensive business, but that its electricity bill is double its bandwidth bill surprised me. Equally, it is spending far, far more on keeping data than it is on delivering data. Is this scaleable? Or will Facebook have to start deleting unused content over time?
Many people starting new and growing web businesses factor in bandwidth and servers. But electricity as a massive technology line item: that’s a new one on me.