Facebook's Is Bigger Than Yours

Servers inside Facebook's Prineville Data Center. Photograph by Alan Brand/Facebook

Earlier this week, Jay Parikh, the vice president for infrastructure engineering at Facebook, walked a dozen or so reporters through some of the social media site’s inner workings. Give any Facebook engineer enough time, and he’ll start boasting about the site’s level of geek endowment. “Is your Hadoop cluster bigger than Yahoo’s?” a reporter asks. “Yes. It is,” Parikh replies with a wink and a laugh.

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