It’s Alive! Facebook’s NC Data Center Comes Online

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Facebook began construction of its Forest City, North Carolina data center in November of 2010. Less than a year and a half later, the facility is now online, the social networking giant announced on Thursday.

The project itself came with a price tag of $450 thousand dollars, according to a previous report from Data Center Knowledge. While the data center is operational, a second building at the site is set to become functional at a later date.

The facility was designed in coordination with Facebook’s Open Compute Project, an organization dedicated to sharing data center plans and designs for better efficiency.

“Our Forest City data center will be the first live test of the Open Compute Project’s outdoor-air cooling designs in an environment where temperature and humidity conditions are considered to be outside the range of typical data center operations,” stated the social network in an announcement. Facebook operates another facility in Prineville, Oregon.

The opening of Facebook’s North Carolina data center site follows an announcement by the company earlier this month in which the social network revealed it would by photo application provider Instagram for $1 billion dollars. To view Facebook’s announcement regarding the new data center, go here (