This week the giant social network has opened up their very first European Facebook data centre, which is positioned on the edge of the Arctic Circle, where the River Lule meets the Gulf of Bothnia, in Luleå, Sweden.
The new Facebook data centre is now receiving live traffic from around the world and has been equipped with Facebook designed servers, filling the 900,000 square foot building.
The Facebook data centre located at Luleå is powered completely by hydroelectric energy, the Facebook press release explains a little more:
“Our commitment to energy efficiency is also evident inside Luleå’s giant data halls. Nearly all the technology in the facility, from the servers to the power distribution systems, is based on Open Compute Project designs. This Facebook-founded initiative encourages the development of “vanity-free” hardware designs that are highly efficient and leave out unnecessary bits of metal and plastic. These designs are then shared with the broader community, so anyone can use or improve them.
All this adds-up to a pretty impressive power usage efficiency (PUE) number. In early tests, Facebook’s Luleå data centre is averaging a PUE in the region of 1.07. As with our other data centres, we will soon be adding a real-time PUE monitor so everyone can see how we are performing on a minute-by-minute basis.”
Facebook is also looking to build a $1.5 billion data centre in Altoona, Iowa. For more information on the new Luleå data centre jump over to the Facebook press website for details.Filed Under: Technology News