Facebook announced that it will build its first custom data center in Pineville, Ore. The company has been leasing data center space in Virginia and California. According to Computerworld, a key reason Facebook selected the rural community of 10,000 was its location. Located on a plateau at an elevation of 2,860 feet, Pineville offers a climate that is conducive to cooling and is relatively dry.
The Bulletin reports Facebook was lured to Pineville because of its enterprise zone, which will allow the social-networking company to skirt $2.8 million a year in local taxes. The data center reportedly will cost $180 million and is expected to be completed next year. Facebook claims the facility will be one of the most energy efficient in the world and is aiming for a PUE rating of 1.15, according to a Network World story on SFGate. The company has a patent-pending UPS system that it says will reduce power use as much as 12 percent and plans to reuse the heat generated by the data center to heat office space.