(The Hosting News) – Top social networking provider Facebook on Monday announced its intention to build a data center in Altoona, Iowa – marking the company’s fourth.
Facebook currently maintains facilities in Oregon, North Carolina and Sweden.
“In the coming years, as our service continues to grow and people share and connect in more ways, we need to make sure that our technical infrastructure also continues to scale. Our goal is not just to deliver you a fast, reliable experience on Facebook every day – we also want to help make connectivity a universal opportunity. Our data centers are essential for making that happen,” stated the company via a press release.
Facebook will integrate designs made available via the Open Compute Project in addition to adding what the company says is an “innovative outdoor-air cooling system.”
The social network cited Iowa’s “abundance of wind-generated power” when announcing the location.
Construction will begin this Summer and the data center is expected to become operational by sometime next year.