Facebook Chooses Ireland To Extend Its Data Centers To Leverage From Growing Traffic
The site is completely powered by wind-based energy resource availability in Ireland. The racks, servers, and other components are built from the Open Compute project that aims to figure out the best energy efficient and cost effective solutions.
The site is located at Clonee, in Ireland and it will serve as the data center facility for Facebook in the upcoming years. The construction is yet to begin on the 227-acre site that will house the future, conversations and billions of traffic for WhatsApp, Messenger and other apps under its hood. It will probably be the hub for new trials and experiments that Facebook is so well-known for.
The exact site is Clonee, County Meath, being the first in Ireland due to its availability of efficient harvesting wind power for energy requirements. The other one in Europe is in Sweden, in Lulea, mentions the vice president of infrastructure, Tom Furlong. The site is supposed to be the hub for the latest and cutting-edge technology that is nowhere else in the world and all running at the best energy efficient ways to cut down the cost over years down the line. This is going to be a huge investment and a much required one too. This will also make it one of the most sustainable data centers in the world with all renewable sources, as much as possible, to be utilized in its design. The blog post from the vice president also reads that this will also make 50% of their whole infrastructure being powered by completely renewable resources, clean energy, and least pollution, which was one of their goals to be fulfilled by 2018.
The Sweden facility has been Facebooks international headquarters since 2009 and with this Ireland, Clonee one, they will have their sixth data center to support the worlds population by 2018. Their original and first facility is located in Oregon in Prineville. Facebook has also confirmed that they will be building another one in the USA in Fort Worth, Texas.
Thus, apart from creating huge establishments, these infrastructures shall also create thousands of employment opportunities for the locals, which is also a good thing to get from the company. It is yet to see when these sites get completed and ready for operation as its impossible to predict the future, but strive to achieve our goals.