Saturday 3 December 2016

Facebook 'likes' its new giant data centre

Published 07/04/2016 | 02:30

Tom Furlong, vice president of infrastructure at Facebook with Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English Photo: Conor McCabe
Tom Furlong, vice president of infrastructure at Facebook with Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English Photo: Conor McCabe

Facebook has begun construction on a data centre complex in Meath that will be the same size as seven Croke Park stadiums.

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The 621,000 square foot facility in Clonee will be the social networking giant’s second data centre in Europe and the first to be announced on the continent since the row erupted between the EU and US over data privacy.

The facility will be powered solely by wind energy from Brookfield Renewable, the company which bought Bord Gáis’s wind energy business two years ago.

Facebook recently announced its intention to create a further 200 jobs in Dublin in 2016 on top of the 1,300 it currently employs here.

“The new facility will be one of the most advanced and energy-efficient data centres in the world thanks to its use of 100pc renewable wind energy,” said Tom Furlong, vice president of infrastructure at Facebook, who is pictured above with Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English.

Irish Independent

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