Social media giant Facebook is to open its 10th data centre in Albany, Ohio, at a cost of $750 million.
The facility is scheduled to be up and running by 2019 and will be powered by renewable energy, according to a company blog post.
Rachel Peterson, director of data centre strategy and development at Facebook, says: “Like our previous seven data centers, our facility in New Albany will be powered by 100% renewable energy. And in fact, once the New Albany Data Center is live and serving traffic in 2019, it will be one of the most advanced, energy-efficient data centers in the world.
“It will feature our latest Open Compute Project hardware designs and be cooled using outdoor air and direct evaporative cooling systems — ultimately resulting in world-class levels of energy and water efficiency.”
She adds that Facebook will be looking to hire people from the local area for the project.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, in Hong Kong, data centre specialist Equinix has open a $32 million facility, dubbed HK5, to provide more capacity to the city’s massive financial sector.
Hong Kong is one of the world top financial districts and companies in the sector are increasingly looking for faster connections to other financial cities around the world.
The Equinix Hong Kong facility will comprise approximately 48,000 sq ft and will be a colocation space, adding 1,200 cabinets to the company’s global interconnection grid.
James Banister, CEO, FXecosystem, a financial data centre systems specialist and partner of Equinix, says: “Equinix’s strong reputation in the financial services industry, combined with its largest multi-asset electronic trading ecosystem – a robust collection of interconnected execution venues and trading platforms, market data vendors, service providers, buy-side and sell-side firms, made it the obvious choice to support our Asian expansion.
“Leveraging Equinix’s interconnection platform across Hong Kong, London, New York and Singapore, we are able to help institutional and retail FX clients in Europe and America to expand into Asia.”
Samuel Lee, president, Equinix Asia-Pacific, says: “With the recent data center expansions in Singapore and Sydney, and now the opening of HK5, Equinix continues to expand its presence across Asia-Pacific.
“Our ongoing growth signifies our commitment to the region and to developing our global footprint to benefit our customers and support growing digital business needs.
“The launch of HK5 will enable our customers in Hong Kong and beyond to have access to the vast interconnection opportunities needed to innovate and grow.”
Alex Tam, managing director, Equinix Hong Kong, says: “With companies in Hong Kong rapidly embracing the multiple opportunities offered by the digital economy, the demand for interconnection continues to rise.
“Equinix has always offered the premium services and scale required by the city’s enterprises, including the many financial services firms that make up our customer portfolio.
“With the opening of HK5, we will continue to deliver the level of excellence and interconnection that industry regulators expect and which our customers demand.”