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Facebook considers building in Taiwan

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Social giant consults on its first Asian data center 

Facebook is considering building a $300m data center in Taiwan, which would be its first facility in the Asia Pacific region. 

The company has contacted the Taiwaneses authorities to explore building a data center in one of six possible sites. Facebook would need six acres (2.43 hectares) of land, which could expand to 20 acres in future, according to reports on Reuters.  

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‘We hope they will come…’

“We’ve made all-out efforts to ensure sufficient supply of water and electricity,” said Magistrate Wei Ming-ku of Changhua County in central Taiwan. ”We hope they will come.” 

Facebook says it has not made a decision yet, with an official statement saying that, as a global company with billions of subcribers round the world, it is “always evaluating potential sites for new data centres.”

Chunghua County is a likely destination, given that Google already has a data center there, which has already been expanded in 2015. The Google facility has a wind turbine and uses thermal energy storage so it can take advantage of lower-cost night-time electricity for its cooling systems.

There’s also plenty of appropriate tech expertise in the country. Taiwan is home to Quanta, one of the leaders in delivering web-scale data center hardware built according to specifications form the Facebook-inspired Open Compute Project. 

It’s also the location of AtGames, which stepped in a year ago to save ARM processor maker Calxeda and promise the SilverLining ARM-based low-power rack-based systems - though nothing has been heard yet.

  

 

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