Facebook expands its Silicon Valley data centre capacity

Vantage's Santa Clara campus Vantage's Santa Clara campus

The company suffered a major services outage last year and perhaps needs all the capacity it can now grab.

Facebook has leased a substantial portion of Vantage Data Centers’ major campus in Silicon Valley to cope with increased demand for its services.

The advertising and social media giant has taken a total of 335,000 sq ft across several buildings on the 20-plus acre site in Santa Clara, California.

Facebook itself is headquartered up the road in Menlo Park, and has several large works campuses dotted around San Francisco, Sunnyvale and Fremont.

It has operated a level of data centre capacity in the Santa Clara area for well over 10 years, but as with most hyperscalers often the exact location and technical details for leased sites aren’t forthcoming. Both companies however have confirmed this deal.

Amazon Web Services has also leased and gained an option to buy a site in Santa Clara where a data centre totalling almost 500,000 sq ft is planned.

Last year, Facebook suffered its worst services outage for over ten years, when millions of its users around the world were unable to gain access to Facebook services for 14 hours. At the time, attention turned to Facebook’s data centres, and it later admitted it had suffered from a “server configuration” problem at one of them.

For Vantage Data Centers, the premium business generated by Facebook is a great advert for its expanding international operation. Earlier this month, it expanded into Europe through the acquisition of Etix Everywhere and separate greenfield developments in four additional European markets for an undisclosed total amount.

Etix’s data centre portfolio includes a 55MW hyperscale data centre campus in Frankfurt, Germany, which is currently under construction. And Vantage Europe has secured land and is planning to develop hyperscale data centre campuses in Berlin, Milan, Warsaw and Zurich.