Another sign of Facebook’s ever increasing ambitions: The company expects to spend $450 million to build a new data center in North Carolina. This is the second data center Facebook has announced it will build this year. In January (back when the social network had 350 million users, instead of its current 500 million) it started construction of a data center in Portland, Oregon, saying it had to increase its own infrastructure to handle user growth. It had previously leased space.
The announcement is heavy with North Carolina politicians taking credit for Facebook opening the data center in their state. From their tone, you would expect that Facebook had opened a new office there, rather than a data center which will employ at most 45 full time and contract workers when it’s completed.
North Carolina has, however, become a favorite spot for companies to locate their data centers. Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) announced in May 2009 that it would spend $1 billion on its own data center in the state which is now nearly complete.