Facebook begins 170,000-square-foot expansion of Fort Worth data center

A Facebook data center in Fort Worth is currently being expanded to an area of ​​170,000 square feet. (Courtesy of Facebook)

Facebook, one of the largest social media companies in the world, announced on Dec. 8 that it would increase its investment in a Fort Worth data center to a total of $ 1.5 billion.

The latest project at the Fort Worth location at 5000 Like Way will expand the existing data center by another 170,000 square meters. According to a company announcement, construction will continue until 2022.

“This addition will be part of our global data center infrastructure and serve as what is known as a cold room,” the company said. “It works similarly to the rest of the data center, but it saves posts and photos that are older or less accessed.”

Documents from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation show a minimum investment of $ 25 million to build the company’s most recent expansion project in Fort Worth.

According to the announcement, the Fort Worth facility has been in continuous operation since Facebook’s groundbreaking in 2015. More than 1,200 construction workers were employed at the peak of the project. The company expects 150-200 full-time employees and contractors to work at the site when the expansion is complete.

The aim of the expansion project is to obtain user data “more sustainably and efficiently”, according to the announcement. The servers in the data center are turned on as needed when Facebook users access older photos, e.g. B. for Throwback Thursday posts and other content.

“Fort Worth was a great location for our data center, which helped us in our decision to add this facility,” the announcement said. “Thank you to the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, the AllianceTexas community, and all of our partners for helping us grow our presence in the region.”

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