Facebook to build data center in Singapore
Facebook has announced that its first custom-built data center in Asia will be located in Singapore.
The 170,000-square-meter data center is the result of the company’s 1.4 billion Singapore dollar investment. It will support hundreds of jobs and will form part of Facebook’s growing presence in Singapore and across Asia.
Facebook chose Singapore for its data center because of its “robust infrastructure and access to fiber, a talented local workforce, and a great set of community partners, including the Singapore Economic Development Board and the Jurong Town Corporation.” Singapore has also “established policies that foster a business-friendly environment, including measures that support the enforcement of contracts and increase the ease of construction permitting.”
Facebook’s data centers are highly advanced facilities and the one in Singapore will be the first to incorporate the new StatePoint Liquid Cooling system. This technology minimizes water and power consumption and, according to the company’s testing, can reduce the amount of peak water used by 20% in climates like Singapore’s. In addition, it will be powered by 100% renewable energy.