Exclusive Facebook Photos: Inside the Brain of the Social Network

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TIME magazine recently named Mark Zuckerberg the second-youngest “Person of the Year” in the publication’s history. As part of the POY coverage, our colleagues were allowed into the brain of Facebook.

It’s difficult to decide what’s most impressive about Facebook’s sprawling server farm – the technological guts of the network that manages traffic for more than 500 million users each and every day.

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It’s all pretty remarkable: The thousands of servers stacked atop one another, and the way that the system is not just linked to the outside world but also interlinked, using a “layered replication” model that insures the network almost never goes out.

But that’s not even the coolest part. See for yourself, with this Facebook Server Farm photo gallery.

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