Facebook boss’s €200m friend request to Clonee

by Ian Begley

Facebook has brought forward construction plans for a second building at its €200m data centre in Clonee, adding a further 200 jobs to the area.
It’s decision to fast-track the new building, which will now be built alongside the first, was taken due to an increase in demand since Facebook made the initial announcement earlier this year. A third building on the same site will also follow at a later state.
The facility, which has already been granted planning permission, will bring the overall size of the Facebook base in Clonee to 57,690 sq m – eight times the size of the Aviva Stadium.
Facebook vice-president of infrastructure, Tom Furlong said the centre could be operational by the end of next year.
“Our next big milestone should be what we call serving traffic and that is probably 18 months down the road – the end of 2017 [or] early 2018.
“We will have done the fibre optic cabling in it, we will have the networking and we will be connected to the Facebook network and we will have the initial servers in with all the appropriate systems uploaded on them so we can actually take user traffic and start to serve it,” he said.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg also said he is proud to be part of the Clonee community.
“I’m proud to share that Facebook’s sixth data centre is now under construction in Clonee, Ireland.
“This will be our second European data centre, after Lulea in Sweden.
“Data centres deliver all of Facebook’s services to you. They’re some of the most complex machines ever created.
“Clonee Data Center will be one of the most advanced and energy efficient data centers in the world.
“It will feature the latest server, storage and network designs developed through the Open Compute Project, and will be powered by 100% renewable energy.
“One interesting engineering detail is that we’re cooling the facility with outdoor air, but because this is near the Irish Sea we’ll be using an indirect air cooling process to filter the salt from the air.
“We’re glad to be investing in Ireland, to become a part of the Clonee community, and to continue building the massive infrastructure that connects our global community,” he said.
Fingal Mayor David O’Connor (Ind) welcomed the recent announcement, saying: “It’s great news for the area and of course the chief executive and I would welcome Facebook’s new data centre.
“Its development will mean more jobs, particularly for young people in the Dublin 15 area.
“There seems to a lot of things happening in terms of companies from overseas making pre-planning applications here.
“There will still be people who say that nothing is happening because jobs aren’t going on stream straight away, but there is certainly a lot of stuff going on.”

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