I'm proud to share that Facebook's sixth data center is now under construction in Clonee, Ireland. This will be our second European data center, after Luleå in Sweden.
Data centers 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.
By Niall McEntegart, EMEA & APAC Data Center Operations Director
We're pleased to say that Clonee, County Meath, will be the site for our newest data center. The Clonee data center will be our first in Ireland and and our second in Europe. The facility will be part of the global infrastructure that brings Facebook apps and services to people around the world every day.
Facebook's data centers are among the most advanced, energy-efficient facilities in the world, and Clonee will be the latest evolution of our designs. Like our Fort Worth, Altoona, and Lulea data centers, this location will be run entirely on renewable energy, thanks to the abundant supply of wind energy that already exists in Ireland. This will help us reach our goal of powering 50 percent of our infrastructure with clean and renewable energy by the end of 2018.
Ireland has been Facebook's international headquarters since 2009, and our new data center will continue Facebook’s significant investment in the country and in Europe. This project will bring hundreds of new construction jobs, dozens of new long-term operations jobs, and hundreds of millions of euros in new investment to Ireland. We've already started construction on the site and expect it to come online in late 2017 or early 2018.