Social Network Facebook to construct second data center in Ireland

By Staff Writer

Jan 25, 2016 04:49 AM EST

Facebook announced its plan to open a new data center in Clonee, Ireland. The Clonee center is the company's second data center in Europe after the Lulea center in Sweden. Facebook said that the Clonee data center would be packed fully with cutting-edge technology, making the center more maintainable, efficient and advanced.

According to the company, this new facility in Ireland would be completely powered by servers, racks and various components that have been constructed and designed for the Open Compute Project. Moreover, Facebook said that the Clonee center will be driven by 100% renewable energy from Ireland's strong wind resources, which will enable the company to reach its target of powering 50% of the center with renewable and clean energy by 2018 end.

The company noted that the Clonee facility will carry on Facebook's noteworthy investment in Europe.

As far is cooling is concerned, Clonee data center will utilize the system that is identical to the one in the Lulea center. However, the company will have to filter the air thoroughly than in other locations as there are more salt content in the air, Tech Crunch said. Last June, Facebook confirmed that it is seeking to open a new data center in Clonee.

By opening the Clonee center, the company is joining a list of companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon, which operate some of the European centers in the nation, according to Tech Crunch.

The Business Insider said that this new Clonee data center will be called as EU2 as it is the second center in the European Union. The data center echoes the social network's growing want to construct more setup to handle videos, photos and likes.

According to Business Insider, the Clonee data center is the first of its kind to be fully controlled by the Open Compute Project based technology. Currently, the social network is a client of Arista Networks and Cisco in its present data centers and it has been utilizing the Open Compute Project technology to lessen its reliance.

The reports said that the social network plans to construct 31,000sq m center on the site initially with the permission to build a second building been granted already. During the construction stage, the facility is anticipated to back nearly 2,000 jobs.

Commenting on the new facility, Gareth Lambe, Facebook Ireland head, said, "We want to innovate in Europe and for Europeans, and the Clonee data centre will house some of the big breakthroughs Facebook has made in this area. Like its predecessors, this project will generate hundreds of millions of euros in economic activity and support hundreds of jobs in the local community."

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