Ever wondered how Facebook handles half a billion people a month?

Check out this other keynote from OSCON by David Recordon.  Who is David? From his Bio on his Web Site.

"David Recordon is the Senior Open Programs Manager at Facebook, where he leads open source and open standards initiatives. He joined Facebook from Six Apart where he focused on platform strategies, and previously worked at VeriSign in the emerging business group. David has played a pivotal role in the development and popularization of key social media technologies, such as OpenID and OAuth."

It's pretty high level but the numbers are impressive.  Today they are taking in between 80 and 90 TB of data a day.  In 2008 they only took in about 1.2 TB.  Check it out for a cool insight that isn't focused on the privacy issues they are dealing with but the real nuts and bolts technology and how most of it, if not all of it, is Open Source.  On the Facebook Web Site there is even a whole page dedicated to the Open Source they use, support, created and released.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.