Posted May 10, 2008 12:13 pm by with 13 comments

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Facebook is borrowing $100 million to accommodate growth on the site. The money, from venture loan firm TriplePoint, brings the amount raised to around $350 million.

The site has grown quickly and needs around 50,000 more servers to handle the load. Facebook has over 70 million active users and around 109 million monthly visitors.

According to Business Week, Google and Microsoft need a lot of server space. Google has at least a million servers and adds 500,000 per year. Microsoft is adding 200,000 servers per year.

While Facebook keeps expanding, their revenue is rumored to be at about break even. Last year they were said to bring in $150 million and plan to double that figure this year. They have more than 500 employees.

Here’s a short history of Facebook investments:

  • 2004 – $500,000 from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel in an angel round.
  • 2005 – $12.8 million in venture capital from Accel Partners, $25 million from Greylock Partners and Meritech Capital Partners.
  • 2007 – Microsoft invested $246 million for 1.6% share in Facebook and Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing invested $60 million.
  • This amount sounds greater than YouTube service amount.

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  • WOW, such a great amounts 😀

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  • The amount of servers Google adds (500,000) really surprised me. I would like to know how many servers each data center holds.

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  • That is incredible. I wonder how many YouTube need.


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  • wow this is incredibel. but does facebook take this money through the ads?

  • This is crazy! I would have never guessed Google has that many. I was thinking around 1000 per datacenter.

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  • How does one get a slice of the pie?

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  • thats just crazy, i think of all the problems you can have with just one server never mind those huge amounts they have lol

  • I’m assuming facebook’s 500 employees don’t manage their datacentres?

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  • Interesting post, just one burning question remains…how many servers is facebook currently running on? They’re addindg 50,000 but knowing the baseline will help. Suppose I can go and Google it…

  • That’s such a big amount! Once again, user also get the benefit.

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  • “Google has at least a million servers and adds 500,000 per year. Microsoft is adding 200,000 servers per year.”
    No wonder google rules. With all this horsepower they can always return better search results with performance-eating algorithms.
    It is time for microsoft to wake up and get even.