Facebook Heads To Texas

Facebook HeadsFacebook has announced that it has added Fort Worth, Texas, as the latest home for its next data center.

The company already has data centers in places such as Altoona (Pennsylvania), Prineville (Oregon), Forest City (North Carolina), and Lulea (Sweden).

In a statement, the company said that Fort Worth will be one of the cornerstones of the global infrastructure that brings Facebook apps and services to you every day and is helping bring billions more people online through

Facebook said it expects the new location to be one of the most advanced, efficient, and sustainable data centers in the world.

“Our continuing work on data center design is an important part of our overall infrastructure efficiency efforts, which have helped us save more than $2 billion in infrastructure costs over the last three years,” it said.

In addition, the company said that Fort Worth will be powered by 100% renewable energy, owing to the 200 MW of new wind energy it brought to the Texas grid as part of the deal.

The company boasts that its continued focus on efficiency and investments in renewables in recent years has made the carbon impact of one person’s use of Facebook for an entire year the same as the carbon impact of a medium latte.

“We also recognize that we all need to work together to ensure that our industry is more efficient and more sustainable over time. That’s why we openly share our designs for our data centers through the Open Compute Project, which now has more than 200 members and thousands of participants, all collaborating on the development of efficient and sustainable data center technologies,” the company further said in its news release.

Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow

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