Facebook to Build New Irish Data Center
Construction on the $220 million facility is due to start within the next two months and is expected to take about two years to complete. The new facility will be Facebook’s sixth international data center and its second in Europe, after Lulea in Sweden, which opened in 2013.
The California-based company said it will build a 100,000 square foot facility on the site, with planning permission already granted from local county authorities for a second building.
“The Clonee Data Center will be one of the most advanced and energy efficient data centers in the world,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told The Irish Times. “We’re glad to be investing in Ireland, to become a part of the Clonee community, and to continue building the massive infrastructure that connects our global community.”
According to the company, the data center in Clonee will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy with the goal to power 50 percent of its infrastructure with clean and renewable energy by the end of 2018.
Ireland, said head of Facebook Ireland Gareth Lambe, “has been home to Facebook’s international headquarters since 2009 and we’re excited to be investing further here.”
The company, he said, “wants to innovate in Europe and for Europeans, and the Clonee data centre will house some of the big breakthroughs Facebook has made in this area. Like its predecessors, this project will generate hundreds of millions of euros in economic activity and support hundreds of jobs in the local community.”