March 20, 2018

Facebook to expand Papillion data center

The expansion aims to support rising number of monthly active users on its social media platform.

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Social giant Facebook is all set to undergo data center expansion at their Papillion facility in Nebraska, U.S.A. With this expansion, Facebook seeks to support its rising number of users per month on its social media platform.

According to Facebook, more than 28% of world’s population is active on a month-on-month basis on their social media platform. They further added that this number is excluding the total number of users active on WhatsApp, Instagram and  Facebook Messenger.

Facebook says that with this data center expansion, they will add four more centers at the campus, making a total of six buildings spanning across an area of 2.6 million sq. feet. They also added that in order to make this possible, Facebook has employed over 1000 construction workers.

Speaking about the same in detail, Jim Piazza, Director of Facebook’s East data center operations, commented:

With this expansion, we will support thousands of construction jobs for years to come and hundreds of operational positions.

Today, the construction of our data center has become the daily workplace of more than 1,000 construction workers, who combined have invested more than one million work hours. We have many full-time employees already on site, and more job openings to fill.

In addition to the on-going data center project in Nebraska, Facebook also said that they have invested heavily in their Atlanta project, which stands at USD 750 million. They also added that both projects serve a different purpose.

Explaining the reason to extend the facility at Nebraska, the spokesperson added:

It was an easy decision to expand in Papillion, and we thank you — the local community — as well as our employees, construction partners, the city of Papillion, Sarpy County, the state of Nebraska, Enel Green Power North America, and OPPD.

In closing, Facebook added that they will be sharing the windpower facilitated for the data center with software giant Adobe and that the new data centers will be launched by 2020.

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