A Cold Climate for Facebook: New Data Center Site on its Way

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Facebook is ready to mark its international data center presence. On Thursday, various reports indicated that the social networking giant has selected a site in Lulea, Sweden, an area known for is cooler climate close to the Arctic Circle.

Specifically, the site will feature three separate facilities and construction is expected to be finished around 2014.

Talking to the Associated Press, Facebook director of Site operations Tim Furlong discussed how it was time for further expansion, saying, “Facebook has more users outside the U.S. than inside.”

Each of the three buildings at the new site will offer 300 thousand square feet of space.

For Facebook, it appears the area’s cool climate was considered when selecting the site. Data center operators often take advantage of a region’s climate to cool data center servers.

The social networking giant already has a data center presence in U.S. states including Oregon and North Carolina.