Facebook Building $180 Million Oregon Data Center

Ainsley Jones

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.



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