(The Hosting News) – Big news for Facebook and it occurs not long after the company announced its intent to buy photo app Instagram just earlier this month. On Thursday, the social networking giant said its Forest City, North Carolina data center was now up and running.
Facebook initially broke ground on the site in November of 2010. While it’s indeed operational, a second phase of the campus is still under works and will be completed at a later date.
Meanwhile, the social site emphasized that it made use of the Open Compute Project, an initiative previously launched by the company with the intent of sharing data center plans for better energy 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 Facebook in the announcement.
According to a previous report from Data Center Knowledge, construction of the site came with a price tag of $450 million dollars and the facility itself was set to encompass 300 thousand square feet.
Aside from the company’s new North Carolina data center location, Facebook currently operates another site in Prineville, Oregon that was launched in April of last year. The company is also set to begin work on its first data center outside the United States, located in Sweden not far from the Arctic Circle. For more information regarding Facebook’s Forest City, North Carolina data center, view an announcement here (newsroom.fb.com).