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February 2011 Volume 6

EBay rethinks its data center design with sustainability in mind

LAS VEGAS -- It might come as no surprise that a company founded on the principles of sustainability -- through paperless commerce in preowned goods -- also would take an economical and environmentally friendly approach to its data center. But when Mazen Rawashdeh, vice president of operations at eBay Inc., revealed his company's revamped data-center design strategy at the Gartner Data Center Conference here this week, attendees took note. More about capital and infrastructure costs EBay's Utah data center is company's largest capital investment Should you lease network equipment or buy new or used gear? Founded in 1995, eBay for many years experienced a one-to-one relationship between the growth in its data center capacity and its infrastructure costs. By 2007, its transaction sales volume was pushing the company's data center design well beyond its limits. Every second, $2,000 worth of goods were traded among 90 million active users in 32 countries; the result was 93 billion database calls and 50 terabytes of incremental data ...

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