Tuesday, October 25, 2011

FamilySearch Data Centers

Have you ever wondered WHERE all the data is stored that is provided by FamilySearch? Did you know ANY of these facts listed below? 

  • The FamilySearch website consists of about 6,000 servers
  • The general public will add 10 to 15 times the users to the new FamilySearch Tree
  • Each center has a robotic tape machine whose size rivals that of a a school bus
  • FamilySearch’s Internet connection is large enough to stream more than 75,000 movies simultaneously
  • FamilySearch volunteers index 1.5 million records a day
  • Each center has miles of cables
  • FamilySearch’s ViaWest data center consumes 5 million kilowatt hours annually
  • To guard against earthquake damage, the ViaWest data center is built on big shock absorbers
  • Instead of the 10 or 20 amp breakers you see in your homes, ViaWest uses a 5,000 amp circuit breaker
"The Ancestry Insider" is an otherwise unidentified employee of FamilySearch who writes a personal blog by that same name. Today he wrote an interesting and fact-filled post about Family Search that can be read here.

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