November 12th, 2010

Facebook "likes" North Carolina

by Elizabeth Peavy

This week Facebook announced that they will be building a new data center in Forest City, N.C.  Officials say Facebook will be investing about $450 million dollars in the new center, which is expected to bring more than 250 construction related jobs during the building phase and 35-45 full time workers. Story below:

Facebook Chooses  North Carolina for New Data Center

“Following in the footsteps of GoogleYahoo and Microsoft, which are building ever-growing networks of dta centers, Facebook said Thursday that it will build a new data center in Forest City, N.C. This will be the second data center that Facebook is building from the ground up. Its first center in Prineville, Ore., is under construction and is expected to open next year. Facebook also leases data center space — and in some cases entire data centers — in several other locations, including Santa Clara, Calif.

“This project continues Facebook’s strategy of moving from leased data centers to owned facilities that are customized to be more cost-effective and efficient,” Barry Schnitt, a Facebook spokesman, said on the company’s Web site.

In an accompanying press release, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue said the center was expected to create more than 250 construction jobs during the 18-month building phase and would employ from 35 to 45 full-time and contract workers once the center was finished. Governor Perdue said that Facebook would invest about $450 million in the new center, which the company might expand depending on business needs.”

Read full story from The New York Times here.