Facebook Comes to the High Desert

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Facebook leaders joined state and local elected officials in Prineville, Oregon to open the company’s first custom-built data center in 2011. The Prineville data center features leading energy-efficient technology, which Facebook recently shared with the industry as part of the Open Compute Project. “This data center is built for energy efficiency and is a milestone for Facebook,” said Tom Furlong, director of site operations at Facebook. “The new computing capacity will enable us to offer great new social experiences, while setting new standards for environmental responsibility in data center design and operations.” The Facebook Prineville Data Center, which sits on a 120-acre parcel, is being built in two phases. The first half of the building, approximately 150,000 square feet, is complete. The second half, again approximately 150,000 square feet, will be completed at the end of 2011 and will have servers installed in line with demand.

 

In addition, Facebook pioneered several new technologies in the design and operation of the data center, including: New energy efficient server designs; specialized software to optimize server capacity; and a low-energy evaporative cooling system, which make use of the low humidity climate of Central Oregon’s high desert setting to eliminate traditional air conditioners. Overall, the data center uses 38 percent less energy to do the same work as Facebook’s exiting facilities. “I am proud to welcome Facebook as the newest member of Oregon’s innovative technology community,” said Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. “Facebook will be great addition to the community of Central Oregon and will no doubt serve as a stable economic presence for years to come.” “Facebook has brought diversity to the job market at a time when unemployment has ranged from 17-20%,” said Prineville Mayor Betty Roppe. “During the past year Prineville has seen a loss of nearly 1,000 in population according to the US Census.  Facebook’s arrival has opened the market for other business recruitment. Their arrival has given the community a shot of OPTIMISM.”Facebook has also committed to a $105,000 annual local grant program. To follow the progress of the Facebook Prineville Data Center, go towww.facebook.com/prinevilledatacenter. For more information on the Open Compute Project, go to http://opencompute.org.Destination Transportation offers chauffeured limousine, airport shuttle, luxury car, tours, passenger van and private car service in Oregon since 2007. Destination Transportation LLC is fully licensed and certified driving service, in compliance with all state regulations. Our fleet is insured well above all state & city requirements. Call 541-550-8055 or email: info@destinationtransportation.com

 

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Founded in February 2004, Facebook is a social utility that helps people communicate more efficiently with their friends, family and coworkers. The company develops technologies that facilitate the sharing of information through the social graph, the digital mapping of people’s real-world social connections. Anyone can sign up for Facebook and interact with the people they know in a trusted environment. Facebook is a part of millions of people’s lives all around the world. Facebook is a privately-held company and is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA.

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