16:21, 15 August, 2017 17:08, 15 August, 2017
Social media giant Facebook has confirmed plans to build a $750m data centre in central Ohio as its reach grows and the need to expand IT capabilities demands more server power.
The data centre will be built in the New Albany International Business Park, New Albany, close to Columbus, and sit in a piece of land measuring 345 acres.
On phase one, the data centre will amount to 900,000 sqf of hosting space, expected to be operational by 2019.
Data Economy first reported on the development last Friday.
John Kasich, Ohio Governor, said: “This is a $750m investment in technologies and jobs of the future that will further diversify our state’s economy.
“And, with other leading-edge innovators locating here, [the Facebook data centre will] help put Ohio front and centre in the Knowledge Belt of the 21st century,”
The data centre is expected to generate 100 permanent jobs. It will run solely on renewable energy, similarly to Facebook’s other sites.
Erin Egan, Facebook’s US vice president for public policy, said: “We are thrilled to have found a home in Ohio and to embark on this exciting partnership.
“Everything here has been as advertised — from a committed set of community partners and strong pool of talent to the opportunity to power our facility with 100 percent renewable energy. The Buckeye State is a great place to do business.”