It said it had reached the “tipping point” for efficiencies seen with hosting models in its US operations and now required wholesale leased space to continue to compete against the likes of
Google and Facebook, which can operate with speed and agility.
The build, at a Vantage Data Center, is already underway and the data center is expected to come online in January next year.
Mozilla has three data centers in the San Francisco Bay area, SJC1 at Market Post Tower, SCL1 at Internap, SCL2 at Layer 42 and SCL3 at Vantage and space at i/o Data Center’s Pheonix One as well as operations in AMS1, Amsterdam and China.
The Mozilla IT & Operations blog documented the growth of Mozilla’s data center operations.
“Back in July 2006 Mozilla moved from a small collection of ten racks to its first data center at 55 So. Market Street, San Jose Within the next year Mozilla IT opened a small presence in Amsterdam and followed it up with a presence in Beijing (which, coincidentally, we’re expanding in Q4),” the blog entry said.
“In 2010 Mozilla IT opened up a location in Phoenix at i/o Data Centers. Towards the end of 2009 we knew were going to eventually run out of provisioned power in San Jose. Throughout 2010 and into 2011 Mozilla IT picked up additional data center space in the Bay Area with Layer42 & Internap to accommodate our continued growth.”
Three of Mozilla’s Bay area data centers are within 15 miles of Mountain View and consume 455kW of power.
Mozilla said power was one of its first considerations when choosing the site of its newest data center location. “We’ll run out of power before space,” it said.
IT operations staffer Matthew Zeier said the data center will be built in a “uniquely Mozilla way”, using an open process that will provide “the community [with] an opportunity to see how we do it”.
Born from Netscape’s 1998 open sourcing of the code base behind its Netscape Communicator internet suite, Mozilla Firefox currently holds approximately 22.48% of the world market for internet browsers as of April 2009. Version 1.0 was released on November 9, 2004 after a series of name changes, and within a year close to 100 million downloads of the browser technology had occurred.