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Facebook Feeds Bandwidth-Hungry Users

Facebook users gobble up bandwidth. The service has grown from a scant 1,500 Harvard students soon after its 2004 launch to nearly 2 billion monthly active users as of March 31, 2017. Those users are sharing different types of data -- text at first, then images, now video, with virtual reality and augmented reality, with other immersive content to come. And they share more often today than they did in the past.

Put it all together and that means Facebook has a lot of work to do to keep up with the bandwidth needs of its users. To feed those needs, Facebook is building out enormous data centers, and working with service provider and vendor partners on initiatives such as the Open Compute Project and Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP) on open source designs for equipment that can carry networks forward into the next generation of demand.

Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, Facebook director of engineering, provided an overview of Facebook's networking efforts at the Big Communications Event in Austin, Texas, last week. Find out what he had to say on our sister site, Enterprise Cloud News: see Facebook Flexes Networking Muscles.

— Mitch Wagner Follow me on Twitter Visit my LinkedIn profile Visit my blog Friend me on Facebook Editor, Enterprise Cloud News

Mitch Wagner 6/6/2017 | 1:32:21 PM
Re: How Will Facebook Handle The Demand? Indeed. Lag and buffering murders streaming video. 
kq4ym 6/5/2017 | 10:43:15 AM
How Will Facebook Handle The Demand? I don't regularly use Facebook and even less the videos there, but this weekend watch a "live" event that was available also afterward and noticed quite a lot of lag time in viewing the program. I'm not sure the lag was a function of my end or Facebook or somewhere inbetween, but there's surely going to be some issues that Facebook will have to look at carefully as the platform become more and more bandwidth sensitive over coming months and years.
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