Facebook Inc is reportedly building a huge data center in Denmark. The data center, located in the city of Odense, will be the social networking company’s third data center outside the United States, Business Insider reported, citing a report in local news site fyens.dk. It will be Facebook’s largest European data center to date. Currently, the company operates only one data center in Europe, located in Luleå, Sweden. Its second facility is being constructed in County Meath, Ireland.
New Data Center in Denmark
The social networking giant will build a big facility with three server halls in Denmark’s third largest city. Construction is expected to create up to 1,200 jobs, according to fyens.dk.
British firm Mace will reportedly perform all of construction activities. The Odense facility will be constructed on a 500,000 square meter (5.4 million square feet) site. The land for the facility was acquired by Cassin Networks Aps for around $10 million. Cassin is owned by Facebook.
The Odense facility will be located in the industrial area of Tietgenbyen, according to Danish newspaper Fyens.dk.
According to the report, the Danish data center will be larger than Facebook’s $450 million data center in Lulea, Sweden, which was opened in 2013. The social networking giant is also building another $220 million data center in Ireland.
In response to report about data center in Denmark, Facebook Inc said: “We have not made any final decision to come to Denmark. It takes years to get a site ready for a new data center, and because of the long lead time, we’re always evaluating potential new locations as we expand our global infrastructure. By doing work upfront, we can move fast when we do need more capacity. But, we’re not committing to anything right now.”
Facebook Building Data Centers
Facebook’s data centers are server rooms that house more than one billion users daily and power the company’s online services. The social networking company process massive amount of data every day. It needs more data centers to process and store the millions of profiles, videos and status updates.
As part of global strategy, Facebook is expanding data centers as the company focusing more on virtual reality and 360-degree video content.
Launched in February 2004, Facebook.com is the third-busiest site on the internet with 1.13 billion daily active users as of September 2016, according to a report in Motherboard.
The Nordics appears to be a preferred destination for American companies to expand their data center operations. The region has cool climate, renewable energy opportunities, and corporation-friendly tax laws.
In addition to Facebook, the U.S. tech behemoth Apple is also building a new data center in the Danish city of Vilburg.
In other news, Facebook Inc is working to provide internet to more than one billion people in remote locations where implementing existing network technologies is challenging and costly. The company successfully tested a solar-powered drone, called Aquila. According to analysts at JPMorgan Chase, the company’s revenue stream will expand despite slow ad load growth.