Facebook last week announced its first custom-built data center that will be located in Singapore. The 170,000-square-meter data center represents an investment of more than 1.4 billion Singapore dollars.
Facebook opened the company’s first custom-built data center in Prineville, Oregon in 2011, and has since built five more in the U.S. and Europe.
“We selected Singapore for a number of reasons, including robust infrastructure and access to fiber, a talented local workforce, and a great set of community partners,” Facebook said in a blog post.
The new 11-story facility has been designed from the ground up with new features to minimize the use of water, energy and land. For example, this data center will be the first to incorporate the new StatePoint Liquid Cooling system. Facebook claims that this technology minimizes water and power consumption and, according to its testing, can reduce the amount of peak water used by 20 percent in climates like Singapore’s.
The social networking giant expects the new facility, like all its data centers, to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, and it is are currently working to increase the development of new solar resources in Singapore.