Let’s have a fantasy role-play scenario here. When I went to the Facebook Data Center in Prineville, Oregon, I know I had the anarchist fantasy. I don’t doubt that everyone in Prineville has asked the question of what would happen if? Facebook even knows there are some sick twisted people who want to do harm to their network. Facebook, itself, located in Menlo Park, California is practically on an islan (good security). You know they have amazing security, but they also want to make the campus look flowery for all the buttercup employees riding their light blue bicycles in and out of campus.
But the security set up is a lot different in contrast between the headquarters and the data center. The data center looks almost like a prison grounds. There is no illegal entry, yet there is no escape either. An armed guard walks the perimeter of the fence. He watched me very closely as I bicycled past. However, behind Facebook the security looks very weak. You could practically put on an orange vest and hard hat and walk onto the property like you got something to do. How far can you get?
If found it interesting how the Facebook data center is completely unmarked anywhere on the building. You would have no idea who owns it if you walked around that area. But it’s very rare for people to just causally stroll around the data center. It’s a little out of the way for all travelers. Unless if you have a passion for temperate desert scenery.
However, the headquarters has a nice little trail that wraps all the way around their island for regular people to enjoy. That was nice of Facebook.
Here is a tour of the outside of the data center:
0:00 Google Maps overview of Facebook Data Center to 1:40
The data center center is going to be over twice the size as shown on the map. It was only a desert landscape 8 years ago. Timed perfectly with the Obama Administration.
1:40 Bicycled to Ochoco Wayside State Park
2:02 View of Les Schwab Tires. This is the headquarters and where Les started his business.
4:32 More overlook of Prineville
5:28 edge of butte looking at city
6:56 comments of butte vegetation
7:17 viewing mountains visible from butte
7:44 start of trail to backside of Facebook
8:15 continuing on trail
8:42 getting closer
8:55 old brick
9:15 visible sign to prevent trespassing
9:38 Seeing a massive amount of construction. Two huge cranes?
10:22 Zooming in on the construction progress
11:23 Decided to go around the edge of the fence
12:01 Fence line takes me far away from Facebook.
12:26 Oregon State Parks sign
12:40 Does FBI visit the Facebook Data Center much?
12:50 at the butte, you can walk around the fence.
16:33 view from the butte edge
17:08 Construction visible from the butte edge
17:37 Inside the fenced area along the butte.
19:10 Heading in direction of landfill
19:55 This road is “No Trespassing” but no sign available where I entered. That happens a lot of places.
20:50 Gate guard didn’t see me leave. No big deal.
20:55 National Guard nearby Facebook.
21:15 National Guard sign
21:34 intersection of Tom McCall Rd and Houston LK Rd.
21:51 Another gate guard shack. 3 in all for construction.
22:02 Best security fence money can buy
22:20 Security guard walks fence perimeter.
23:13 Humane Society with a sign, “no trespassing”.
23:39 Road is being redesigned for Facebook and also Apple Date Center nearby.
24:32 No expense is too great for construction of this area.
24:48 ends Facebook tour. Start other problems.
24:59 Librarian Director in Prineville put a note on me car!
25:20 Reading note
25:28 Confronting the Director in his office; Prineville
28:44 Groundskeeper at Juniper Hill Park, Madras, Oregon taking pic of my car.
29:11 groundskeeper confronts me.
30:53 he is concerned with this trash
30:59 Somebody in handcuffs in Madras
31:13 more footage of Facebook Data Center from my iPod. The rest is iPod footage.
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