Next Up On Facebook’s Data Center List: Taiwan

Facebook will follow up its announcement of a European data center in Luleå, Sweden, with a similar initiative in Asia, at Central Taiwan Science Park.

China Economic News Service said the Facebook facility will be Asia’s largest cloud data center, occupying the space of 180 basketball courts, or some 720,000 square feet.

Facebook is denying the report, however, with spokesman Michael Kirkland saying, “We have no plans to build a data center in Taiwan.”

CENS added that Facebook will purchase servers from manufacturers in Taiwan in order to cut costs, predicting that Wistron will handle procurement, with Gigabyte and Quanta in the mix.

Wistron is providing servers for the social network’s data center in Forest City, North Carolina.

Google announced plans for a data center in Taiwan last month, as the local government wants the country to become a global center for logistics.

But climate seems to be the driving force behind both of Facebook’s overseas data centers overseas. In the case of Sweden, the consistently cold temperatures offer a cost-effective way to keep the servers cool. And in Taiwan, it’s the economic climate, as Facebook appears hungry to take advantage of inexpensive local hardware and a welcoming government.

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