Facebook announced this week that it will expand its Eagle Mountain Data Center in Utah by more than 900,000 square feet with two new buildings, highlighting the extraordinary growth of data center campuses.
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
Facebook will invest $1 billion to add three huge data center buildings to its campus in Georgia. The construction project will add 1.5 million square feet of capacity.
Facebook will invest $800 million in a new data center campus in Gallatin, Tennessee, about 20 miles north of Nashville. It is the company’s third new data center announcement since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
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.
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.