A day after an Iowa newspaper reported that Facebook’s next data center would be built in that state, Facebook confirmed the plans. The data center in Altoona, Iowa (13 miles northeast of Des Moines) will be Facebook’s fourth owned and operated data center, and the third in the U.S. Facebook Vice President of Infrastructure Jay Parikh described in a blog post why the company is building another data center.
Facebook is more than a social network. It’s also increasingly becoming the place where people store their photos for easy sharing. At the Open Compute Summit Wednesday in Santa Clara, Calif., Facebook Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering Jay Parikh (pictured) talked about how the company works to store the more than 240 billion photos on the social network.
By now, many people know that Facebook’s headquarters are located in Menlo Park, Calif., just south of San Francisco. But the company has far-flung offices in Ireland, Luxembourg, and India, among several other places. An infographic from BusinessProfiles.com shows where Facebook’s 67 affiliates are located.
We know that Facebook plans to expand its data center in Prineville, Ore. Recent filings show that the new building will be pretty cool — literally. Facebook has given the new center the nickname of Sub-Zero. Wired wrote more about Facebook’s plans for the additional data center.
Facebook’s trademark color may be blue, but it’s also known for being green. New figures released Wednesday by the social network show that 23 percent of the company’s energy is renewable. Facebook is also continuing to seek ways to cut back its carbon emissions and increase the percentage of energy coming from clean, renewable sources.
Today Facebook held a grand opening for its second data center in the U.S., located in Forest City, North Carolina.The social network open sourced the $450 million facility’s design, working with partners in the Open Compute Project.
Facebook is building its newest data center in Luleå, Sweden, because of that town’s frigid climate, but the social network may run into a much hotter regulatory climate in the form of the country’s wiretapping law.
Facebook is moving forward with an expansion of its Oregon data center earlier than expected, thanks to a little help from lawmakers and a much needed power upgrade.
Johnathan Heiliger, vice president of technical operations at Facebook and the company’s most visible infrastructure executive, announced he is leaving the company at the end of the summer.
Facebook held a grand opening for its first wholly-owned data center Prinville, Oregon on Friday.