Facebook will build an $800 million data center campus in De Kalb, Illinois west of Chicago, signaling that the company’s relentless expansion of its Internet infrastructure is not being slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a social networking giant, Facebook has massive data center needs for all the vacation pictures, status updates, and funny videos that are uploaded every minute. These data demands have created spaces for Facebook to innovate, including networking, AI, hardware, and renewable energy generation.
Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA
Dominion Energy will add six new solar power facilities to provide 350 MW of renewable energy for Facebook data centers. The new supply helps address the concerns raised by Greenpeace about the pace of Dominion’s renewable energy program.
As Facebook builds more fiber routes to move data traffic between its data centers, it will begin selling unused capacity to other companies, effectively entering the wholesale fiber business.
In a hyperscale deal that reflects the intersection of power and data, Digital Realty has procured 80 megawatts of solar power for Facebook in Northern Virginia.
It’s been a turbulent year for Facebook. Even as the social network has made headlines, it has continued to expand its massive global data infrastructure.
Here’s a look at the Top 10 data center stories on Data Center Frontier in 2018, ranked by pageviews. What was hot? Facebook, Google, Ashburn, liquid cooling, edge computing.
Frontier Spotlight September 2018, the most read stories on Data Center Frontier last month, includes the new Data Center 101 series, plus a deep dive into data lakes and Facebook’s latest moves in the data center space.
Facebook continues to accelerate its data center construction. The company will build two more data centers in Prineville, Oregon, which will be Facebook’s largest cloud campus.
Facebook is expanding its data center network to Asia with a colossal 11-story, 1.8 million square foot facility that will be one of the largest data center structures ever built.
A new cooling system will allow Facebook to efficiently expand its data center network in new places, including hot and humid climates. The membrane-based system was created by Facebook and cooling specialist Nortek.