Facebook is to build a data centre in Clonee in the Republic of Ireland, which will be the firm's second European facility.
The site is around 10 miles outside Dublin, where Facebook has had its UK and Ireland headquarters since 2009. The data centre will cost €200m, according to The Irish Times, and is expected to support 2,000 jobs.
Facebook said that the facility is expected to cover 31,000 square metres and that the firm has planning permission for a second building.
It is expected to be in operation by 2018 at the latest, and will join Facebook's data centre in Luleå, Sweden to expand its footprint in Europe.
Tom Furlong, vice president of infrastructure at Facebook, explained that the data centre will use Facebook’s open source technologies and use environmentally friendly energy.
“Clonee will be packed full of cutting-edge technology, making it one of the most advanced, efficient and sustainable data centres in the world,” he said.
“All the racks, servers and other components have been designed and built from scratch as part of the Open Compute Project, an industry-wide coalition of companies dedicated to creating energy- and cost-efficient infrastructure solutions and sharing them as open source.”
Furlong added that the data centre will be powered entirely by wind energy, putting Facebook on track to hit its goal of powering 50 percent of its infrastructure with clean and renewable energy.
Facebook announced a similar renewable energy-powered data centre in Texas in July, indicative of the company’s ambitions to find environmentally friendly ways to deal with the enormous amounts of energy consumed by data centres.
Renewable energy is only one way Facebook is looking to create a ‘green’ infrastructure. The firm's policy of making its infrastructure hardware and software blueprints available as open source means that the systems can be used by other companies to reduce the energy and carbon footprint of data centres.
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