Ireland Data Center a Possibility for Facebook

Social media giant Facebook may build an Ireland data center in the near future. The Irish Times reported that the company is on the verge of filing for permission to build a 200,000 square foot facility in Meath, which is about 30 minutes northwest of Dublin. The facility would likely cost about $220 million and create around 60 jobs.

Facebook would join a long line of big players in the technology industry that already operate facilities in Dublin and the surrounding areas, including Apple, Amazon and Microsoft. 

Recently, the company has had to implement changes at its data centers in order to account for growing global use of the social media platform. In 2014, Facebook announced that Open Compute designs had so far helped the company save $1.2 billion.

Facebook's European facilities currently consist of two Lulea, Sweden data centers, which were built in 2012 and 2014 and utilize the rapid deployment data center concept. The second facility, which integrates the Open Compute Project designs and processes, is 290,000 square feet and is powered by hydro electricity.

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