Facebook Confirms its First Non-US Datacenter in Sweden

It all started in May, when we first heard of Facebook plans to open its first non-US datacenter in Sweden. Since then we have come across several rumors about Facebook first non-US datacenter. Finally, Facebook has confirmed that it is going to build first non-US datacenter in Lulea, Sweden. This datacenter will become one of the largest of its kind in Europe that will serve over 700 million users.

Reuters reports that the new datacenter will be build in the northernmost of its magnitude on earth. Facebook opts for this location because of its ideal climate, clean power, local workforce, cooling resources and land availability.

Facebook’s Director of Site Operations, Tom Furlong says:

“We concluded Lulea offered the best package of resources, including a suitable climate for environmental cooling, clean power resources, available land, talented regional workforce and supportive business and corporate environment.”

The construction has begun already in Lulea which is located 1,000 kilometers north of Sweden’s capital, Stockholm. The new site will facilitate the new servers of the social networking giant with hydropower in three separate server buildings. According to Facebook, the new datacenter will start operation in a year’s time, however, the facility will hope to complete by 2014.

A new page has been created on Facebook to track the progress of the new datacenter. The page, at the moment, displays a big photo of “the Mayor of Luleå, Karl Petersen, and Matz Engman, CEO for Luleå Business Agency, showing their appreciation for today’s launch.”

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