When Facebook Grappled With The Ultimate Build Versus Buy Decision

TechCrunch

[tc_dropcap]At some point, as companies mature, they face a build versus buy technology decision.[/tc_dropcap]

A company like Facebook encounters that kind of choice constantly, but back in the 2009/2010 timeframe, it had an extraordinary one.

It was growing faster than just about any company on the planet and was having issues keeping up with that scale. That’s when it decided it had to start designing its own hardware and building its own data centers to meet the company’s very specific needs.

At that time, Facebook was purchasing equipment through the usual channels and placing it in leased co-location facilities, but it was finding commercial equipment, even from the most reputable manufacturers wasn’t flexible enough to meet its needs, Jay Parikh vice president of infrastructure engineering at Facebook told TechCrunch earlier this month.

Parikh, who is in charge of developing the software and hardware infrastructure that runs Facebook spoke candidly about the challenges and…

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