Inside the belly of the beast: Facebook's data centre

Scandal-hit Facebook is trying to rebuild trust by making itself more accessible to outsiders. So what does a tour of its Meath data centre reveal?

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
23rd September, 2018

The scent was like plastic from a newly-opened toy at Christmas. Artificial but not intimidating, and likely to fade as the nose adjusted. Still, it hit the senses quickly on entering the belly of the beast.

Some nondescript pipes – armoured, so we were told – held all that was, or ever would be, transmitted across a social network’s vast empire. If you have ever accessed Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger or Oculus, then at some...

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