Mark Zukerberg, Facebook CEO

On Sunday, Facebook, in its new blog post announced that the social networking giant will construct a data centre facility at Ireland’s Clonee village.This infrastructure will become a part of the existing data centres and will help the billions of people connecting its social networking platform including Messenger, Instagram and more.

Tom Furlong, vice president (infrastructure), wrote in a post, “Clonee, County Meath, will be the site for our newest data center. The Clonee data center will be our first in Ireland and follows Lulea, in Sweden, as our second in Europe,”

This new centre spreads over an area of 227 acres and will consist of cutting-edge technology, making it one of the most advanced, efficient and sustainable data centres in the world.

Furlong further informed, “All the racks, servers, and other components have been designed and built from scratch as part of the Open Compute Project, an industry-wide coalition of companies dedicated to creating energy- and cost-efficient infrastructure solutions and sharing them as open source,”

The Clonee data centre will run on 100 percent renewable energy by utilizing Ireland’s robust wind resources.

“This will help us reach our goal of powering 50 percent of our infrastructure with clean and renewable energy by the end of 2018,” the blog post read.

Ireland has been Facebook’s international headquarters since 2009. This will be Facebook’s sixth data centre facility after Altoona, Iowa; Forest City, North Carolina; Lulea, Sweden; and the original one in Prineville, Oregon.

For future development, Facebook has confirmed that it would be building another data centre in Fort Worth, Texas.

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