Facebook looks set to build a $1bn datacentre facility in Iowa, as its demand for capacity continues to surge.
The Des Moines Register cited state government officials in reporting that the social networking giant would be investing in two $500m construction projects, to build a state-of-the-art 1.5 million square foot facility in the city of Altoona.
According to the report, state officials are negotiating with the company on funding details for what will eventually be a $1.5bn datacentre deployment code-named 'Catapult'. Facebook has yet to provide any official word on the project.
The report notes that the city of Altoona has been in competition with cities in Nebraska for the rights to host the facility.
The rise in social networking services and cloud computing platforms has led to a boom in remote datacentre facilities, often built in rural areas where property costs are low and server farms can be deployed and maintained at low cost.
With that growth, however, has come a host of new concerns about the efficiency and energy politics of datacentre facilities. Greenpeace in particular has been critical of companies for opting to build their power-hungry datacentre facilities in areas which rely heavily on coal power plants.
Google recently put forth an outline for a system which would allow companies such as itself and Facebook to broker in the production and sales of renewable power supplies for use in datacentres.
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