Facebook adds two new data centres to Altoona campus in Iowa

The social media giant is building two more data centres on its campus in Altoona, bringing the total number of buildings on the site to 10.

 

Facebook is once again expanding its Altoona data centre campus in Iowa. The social media giant started construction on the campus back in 2013, continuing to develop the site over the past eight years. 

According to a spokesperson from Facebook, the company has invested more than $2bn into developing the campus, which broke ground on its seventh and eighth data centres in May of 2019. Over the course of its development, Facebook has contributed more than 8mn construction man hours to the Iowan economy. 

Now, Facebook is building a further two facilities at Altoona, bringing the total square footage of the campus to more than 4.1mn square feet.  

The development will reportedly inject a further $2mn each year into the local economy. 

Construction on the two new facilities is expected to continue through 2023, “more than a decade since we first broke ground,” according to a post by the Altoona Data Centre made on Facebook. 

In Iowa and beyond, Facebook is continuing a massive expansion of its data centre infrastructure to support its cloud capabilities. In the past 12 months alone, the company has announced new data centres (usually expansion projects attached to existing campuses, with the exception of entirely greenfield builds in Illinois and Tennessee) at multiple sites throughout the US, including some of its flagship campuses in Prineville, Oregon; Utah; Nebraska; and Georgia. 

Facebook isn’t the only cloud giant that seems to be favouring Iowa as a prime location for its data centre efforts. Apple is in the process of buying 2,000 acres of land in the city of Waukee to house a new cloud campus; Microsoft has built yet another Azure Cloud region to service its Midwestern customers, this time in Des Moines; and Google has maintained a sizable facility in the state since 2007, pouring more than $2.5bn into expanding its Council Bluffs campus over the past 14 years.

Share

Featured Articles

Top 10 cloud & SaaS data centre solutions providers in 2023

We explore the leading cloud & SaaS solutions providers driving digital transformation in the global data centre industry

Survey exploring cloud security's future in the Middle East

To explore cloud adoption and cybersecurity advancements, Technology Magazine is conducting the survey The Future of Cloud Security in the Middle East

Vertiv inaugurates expansion of its Ras Al Khaimah factory

Vertiv’s factory expansion represents a strategic investment, being ideally located to cater to its Middle East, Africa, Australia, and South Asia markets

NTT deploys green cooling tech in its Indian data centres

Critical Environments

Spotlight: Virginia Beach as a growing interconnectivity hub

Data Centres

Top 10 emerging AI and ML uses in data centres

Technology & AI