Facebook's Forest City, North Carolina Data Center Opens Serving Live User Traffic

Facebook officialy announced today that its new data center in Forest City, North Carolina, is now online and serving live user traffic. "Our Forest City data center will be the first live test of the Open Compute Project's outdoor-air cooling designs in an environment where temperature and humidity conditions are considered to be outside the […]

Facebook officialy announced today that its new data center in Forest City, North Carolina, is now online and serving live user traffic. "Our Forest City data center will be the first live test of the Open Compute Project's outdoor-air cooling designs in an environment where temperature and humidity conditions are considered to be outside the range of typical data center operations," the company said.

"The data center currently comprises two buildings: Building 1 broke ground in November 2010 and opened today, while Building 2 is expected to open later this year," Facebook said.

"The facility takes advantage of technology developed as part of the Open Compute Project, launched by Facebook last year to drive more innovation and a greater focus on energy efficiency in the data center industry."

Facebook data center in Forest City, NC Openend

Facebook notes that there are a number of technical accomplishments at the facility that they're proud of too, and that it's no mean feat to bring a service like Facebook to "more than 845 millionpeople around the world."

Facebook highlights the following on the tech side at Forest City:

  • Forest City is the first major deployment of the v2 OpenCompute Project web servers, which are in turn are some of the first to use Intel's Sandy Bridge processor in production.
  • We expect Forest City to join our facility in Prineville, Oregon, as one of the most energy efficient in the world, with a projected power utilization effectiveness (PuE) measurement for the entire facility of 1.06 to 1.08.
  • Forest City will be the first live test of the Open Compute Project's outdoor-air cooling designs in an environment where temperature and humidity conditions are considered to be outside the range of typical data center operations.