In the streamline of Facebook news, we have another one for you: last week, the social media giant opened a new Facebook data center in Altoona, Iowa, in a project worth $300 million. As we all know, Facebook needs to keep up with the speed of its own growth, so the fourth data center ran by the tech mogul was necessary.
If we take into account that there are 1.35 billion users for the Facebook app, 500 million users for the Messenger app, 650 million users for WhatsApp and around 200 million users for Instagram, the basic architecture of Facebook networks requires serious investments and a new perspective altogether.
The new Facebook architecture is said to be able to turn the entire system into a set of modules, allowing the network to operate faster and cheaper than before. The new Facebook data center in Iowa is humongous, featuring a 476,000 square foot size and the manpower of 75 employees, whose job is to increase Facebook’s global traffic demands. It also sports countless rows of servers the size of trucks.
Many people were curious about the choice of location. Altoona, Iowa is not a corporate pole and not a busy business center. Well, Altoona has two main attributes which convinced Facebook that this is the right place to build an impressive data center: it offers the tech giant twenty years of property tax exemption and sales tax refunds and investment tax credits worth $18 million through 2023. This deal made with the state on tax breaks will save Facebook a lot of money during the next decades.
The other important feature of Altoona (which made it a terrific choice for opening a new Facebook data center) is the fact that the Iowa city is as green as it can get. Altoona uses 100% renewable energy, so the center itself will use 100% alternative energy, thus becoming sustained by a never ending source of power.
In terms of money and efficiency, this is the best deal Facebook could have get on a long term. Some reports say that given the outstanding benefits of working in Altoona, Facebook already started to build another center in this city, that is said to become functional in 2015.
In Altoona, Facebook kept its working model of the other three data centers: this new Facebook data center in Iowa is 100% cooled down by outside air and it also features the gear of the highly efficient Open Compute Project.
While Altoona will soon become a business landmark with the help of a long – term Facebook presence, the social network will be able to continue its expansion according to plan.