Just added some pictures from the ground breaking ceremony /2010/01/facebook-prineville-data-center-announcement-pictures.html
Facebook and Prineville, OR officials have made the announcement Facebook is building a data center. Let’s bounce around to the various news reports.
To start i like KTVZ.com post, because it gave a link to the Facebook site about the data center.
Hundreds of construction jobs, 35 permanent ones come to Prineville as Facebook builds its first owned data center (artist's rendering-Sheehan Partners Ltd.)
It will be first owned by Internet social-networking giant
From KTVZ.COM news sources
Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced Thursday that Facebook, the world's leading social networking service, with more than 350 million users, will locate a multi-million dollar data center in Prineville.
The months-long secret was revealed at a midday announcement at the 124-acre site near the Prineville airport, on the west side of town. Here's the rest of the governor's announcement, followed by Facebook's own 'fact sheets' about the project:
More information about the project as well as ongoing updates will be available athttp://Facebook.com/prinevilledatacenter.
So when you to the Facebook site.
Economic Impact It is Facebook’s hope that the construction, staffing and supplying of the Prineville Data Center will have a positive impact on the Crook County/Prineville economy. ...
Susie Dill Atlee likes this.
Environmental Practices Fact Sheet Facebook’s Prineville Data Center, the first built and owned by the company, will be a leader in the data center industry in terms of reduced environmental impact and energy use. ...
A data center is just what the name implies: a central location that houses thousands of computer servers, which are networked together and then linked to the outside world through fiber optic cable...
Focusing on Green Data Center area Facebook reports.
Monday, January 11, 2010 at 5:19pm
Environmental Practices Fact Sheet
Facebook’s Prineville Data Center, the first built and owned by the company, will be a leader in the data center industry in terms of reduced environmental impact and energy use. Facebook is committed to operating sustainably and has vigorously pursued new technologies to meet that commitment. The data center will also be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified.
The Prineville Data Center will be one of the most energy efficient facilities of its kind in the world.
Energy use in the data centers is measured in terms of power usage effectiveness (“PUE”), which is determined by dividing the amount of power entering a data center by the power used to run the computers in it. A typical data center has an average PUE of 1.8. This means that for every 1.8 watts that go through the utility meter, one watt is delivered to the computer infrastructure.
Facebook’s Prineville Data Center will use a number of technologies to achieve a power usage effectiveness ratio of 1.15.
The new, energy-efficiency technologies Facebook will utilize here include:
• Evaporative cooling system – This system uses evaporation of water to achieve cooling as opposed to the more traditional chiller systems that requires more energy intensive equipment. It is anticipated this facility will use this process approximately 60% to 70% of the year. For other times, outside air economizer mode will be used.
• Airside economizer – The facility will be cooled by simply bringing in colder air from the outside. During low humidity times of the year, the evaporative cooling system will be used to meet server humidity range requirements.
• Re-use of server heat – A portion of the excess heat created by the computer servers will be captured and re-used to heat office space in the facility during the colder months.
• Proprietary Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Technology – All data centers must have an uninterruptible power supply to bridge the gap between a power outage and the ability of backup generators to kick-in. The Prineville Data Center will use a new, patent-pending system for UPS that reduces electricity usage by up to 12 percent.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification
The Prineville Data Center is being designed to achieve the USBGC LEED Gold level certification. In addition to the industry-leading energy efficiency designed into the facility, the data center will also feature:
• Use of rainwater to maintain landscaping and for gray water use in the facility.
• Use of low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) finish materials.
• Use of Energy Star Compliant appliances.
• Use of low water consumption technologies such as automated faucets and low flush toilets.
DataCenterKnowledge will most likely get the highest traffic with its post.
It’s Official: Facebook is Oregon’s Company XJanuary 21st, 2010 : Rich Miller
An architectural rendering of the new Facebook data center planned for Prineville, Oregon.
Facebook’s first company-built data center will be in Prineville, Oregon, the company confirmed today. The new facility will be among the most energy efficient in the industry, Facebook said, and will provide the social network with headroom for its fast-growing server and storage infrastructure.
DataCenterDynamics mentions evaporative cooling and heat recovery.
Facebook data center to use evaporative cooling; server heat will warm offices
there is a Facebook blog post by Jonathan Heigler, VP of Operations as well.
Breaking Ground on Our First Custom Data Center
by Jonathan Heiliger Today at 10:24am
We have come a long way from our roots in a Harvard dorm room, when Facebook was only available at some colleges and run on a single server. Now with more than 350 million people worldwide and our service and business continuing to grow, we must constantly scale our technical infrastructure to meet the demand and deliver you a fast, reliable experience. An important step along the way is to build a custom data center so that we can design it to meet our unique needs.