Facebook to Build Second Data Center in North Carolina

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-11-11 Print this article Print

New $450 million facility will be located near Forest City in Rutherford County, about 75 miles west of Charlotte.

Facebook revealed Nov. 11 that it plans to build its second data center in North Carolina.

In a joint announcement with the world's largest social networking Website, Gov. Bev Perdue said that the new $450 million facility will be located near Forest City in Rutherford County, about 75 miles west of Charlotte.

Facebook's first wholly owned data center is currently under construction in Prineville, Ore., and scheduled to open next year.

Since it started in 2004, Facebook has co-located all its servers in various data center service centers and has been planning to build its own data centers for a few years.

Forest City, formerly known as Burnt Chimney, is a town with about 7,600 residents.

The planned Facebook data center is expected to create more than 250 construction and mechanical jobs during its 18-month building phase. When construction is completed, the data center will employ 35 to 45 full-time and contract workers, Facebook said.

"We are proud that Facebook chose to make North Carolina a 'friend.' The feeling is certainly mutual," Perdue said. "The investment and jobs at the data center will be a boon to that region of the state, and will help confirm North Carolina's distinction as a global business destination."

Perdue said the state has been working with Facebook representatives for about a year to help bring together the land, utilities and incentives to make the project a success.

North Carolina is becoming a destination site for other data center projects. Apple, Google and IBM also have announced their intentions to build in the state.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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