Facebook announce $1 billion data centre is now online

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Facebook has announced that its data centre in Huntsville, which was an investment of more than $1 billion, is online. It is a culmination of the 2018 announcement that the social media giant would be opening a data centre in the city. The campus is located in North Huntsville Industrial Park.

To celebrate the achievement, the company announced a $300,000 donation to the US Space and Rocket centre in Huntsville to provide Space Camp scholarships for local students who might not be able to afford it. The donation pushes Facebook community grants to $2.2 million in the Huntsville area since announcing plans to build the data centre.

“We are so excited to officially announce the Facebook Huntsville Data centre is online and serving traffic,” Katie Comer, community development regional manager at Facebook, said. “We are officially online. When we broke ground in 2018, one of the things we said when we were coming to town was that we wanted to provide long-term support and long-term vitality in the community where we work.”

Facebook, which also owns Instagram, has brought two buildings of its data centre campus online Wednesday. Construction continues on three other buildings and there will eventually be six buildings at the data centre handling traffic. Once all buildings are online, more than 200 people are expected to be working at the data centre.

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