(The Hosting News) – Social networking site Facebook is planning an expansion of its data center site in Prineville, Oregon. The news came after the company’s data center manager Ken Patchett discussed the plan with the Prineville City Council.
A second facility at the site will go a long way towards supplying Facebook with the resources it needs to assist its ever growing user base. According to data center site DataCenterDynamics, during the meeting, Patchett noted that Facebook’s user base had grown from 350 million users to 750 million since the company initially announced plans to build in Prineville. Such a statistic represents a 400 million user increase.
Facebook initially broke ground on the data center site in January of last year and the company debuted the facility’s specifications in April with the Open Compute Project, a data center solution provider.
Commenting on the move via his Facebook profile, Oregon’s U.S. Senator Ron Wyden stated, “Great economic news for Oregon: Facebook announced today they will expand again in Prineville with the building of a new data center starting in October. With Facebook’s continued growth this is a great economic partner for a community that has taken some hits but keeps on getting up. This means hundreds of construction jobs in the near term, and a long-term investment in future of central Oregon.”
Fifty-four employees now work at the current facility on the property. With the new facility, (besides shorter-term construction jobs) a small number of additional jobs are expected to be added for the site’s actual maintenance.
Facebook’s currently facility at the site relies on energy efficiency standards to effectively cool and maintain its servers (which Oregon’s climate plays a part in). For more information on Facebook’s Prineville Data Center, visit: http://www.facebook.com/prinevilledatacenter?sk=wall