Facebook has announced today that its sixth data centre is now under construction in Clonee, Co Meath. It will be their second European data centre, after Luleå in Sweden.
Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement on his Facebook page and answered a number of comments about why they chose the location.
“It’s helpful to also have data centers on other continents so they’re closer to the people we’re serving there. That makes our services faster for people around the world.”
He said that they already have four major data centres in the US: Prineville Data Center, Altoona Data Center, Fort Worth Data Center and Forest City Data Center.
Clonee Data Centre will be one of the most advanced and energy efficient data centers in the world according to Mark. It will feature the latest server, storage and network designs developed through the Open Compute Project, and will be powered by 100% renewable energy.
“One interesting engineering detail is that we’re cooling the facility with outdoor air, but because this is near the Irish Sea we’ll be using an indirect air cooling process to filter the salt from the air. 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.”