(The Hosting News) – Social networking giant Facebook is set to expand its presence via the data center. While the company already has facilities in the U.S. states of Oregon and North Carolina, construction of a new site is expected to mark Facebook’s first data center presence outside the United States.
So exactly where will the data center site be built? According to the Associated Press, the company has indicated the location will be Lulea, Sweden, an area near the Arctic Circle. That means the data center will be in an environment known for cold temperatures, a factor that could play a pivotal role in the cooling of the facilities’ servers.
The site will host three hydro-powered buildings.
Discussing the matter with The Associated Press, Tim Furlong, director of site operations at the company stated, “Facebook has more users outside the U.S. than inside.”
“It was time for us to expand in Europe,” he continued. Meanwhile, construction on the project is expected to be complete by 2014.
The facilities are expected to be backed up by diesel generators to handle any possible downtime the site may experience.
The company is said to be working on additional facilities at already present data center sites within the the United States.
Facebook has kept busy working on a profiles revamp called “Timeline” that allows users to more easily track the entire course of profile histories. Earlier this year in July, the social site indicated that it had reached 750 million users.