Thursday, October 19, 2017

Facebook behind secret $750m New Albany data centre – report

More news is expected in the coming days about the 900,000 sqf site which will be based close to an AWS data centre.

Social network giant Facebook is reportedly involved in a large $750m data centre project set to be built in New Albany, Ohio.

That is according to sources which have told The Columbus Dispatch that the webscaler is preparing itself to formally announce the project next week.

A company named Sidecat LLC, a private entity registered in the state of Delaware, had previously been named as the operator for the site.

The New Albany data centre, expected to be operational by 2022, is planned to measure 900,000 sqf and create up to 50 jobs once operational. The hub sits on a 345-acre piece of farmland owned by the city of New Albany.

Like many other US data centre developments, the project has been offered tax incentives of more than $37m, including $36.25m in sales and use tax on the IT hardware to be deployed in the facility.

The data centre is expected to generate up to $1.4m in city tax revenue by 2023.

Once fully built, the facility will become New Albany’s largest to date. It will also become a neighbour to a close-by Amazon data centre.

If Facebook is indeed the company behind the data centre project, the company could be using it to help power its recently launched video service as well as its current services.

The company has also reached two billion users in June this year, which is set to continue to drive the company’s data centre expansion to cope with demand. In fact, the number of users is growing at a CAGR of 16%.

Facebook counts at the moment with six facilities worldwide: four located in the US in Prineville, Forest City, Altoona and Fort Worth, one in Sweden in Luleå and one in Ireland in Clonee.

The company is currently expanding its data centre fleet in Los Lunas (New Mexico) and Dublin (Ireland). It has also announced the opening of a large facility in Denmark.

Mark Zuckerberg has previously said: “We want to finish connecting everyone, we are going to do it in partnership with governments and different companies all over the world.”