Huntsville Facebook Data Center Now Live Handling Traffic
For the first time, your social media posts could go through Huntsville.
Facebook announced Wednesday that its data center in Huntsville – an investment of more than $ 1 billion – was online.
This is the culmination of the 2018 announcement that the social media giant would open a data center in Rocket City. The Facebook campus is located in the North Huntsville Industrial Park.
To celebrate this achievement, Facebook also announced a donation of $ 300,000 to US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville to provide Space Camp scholarships to local students who might not be able to afford it. The donation brings Facebook community grants to $ 2.2 million in the Huntsville area since announcing plans to build the data center.
“We’re excited to officially announce that the Huntsville Facebook Data Center is live and serving traffic,” said Katie Comer, regional manager of Facebook community development. “We are officially online. When we led the way in 2018, one of the things we said when we came to town was that we wanted to bring long-term support and vitality to the community where we work.
Facebook, which also owns Instagram, posted two buildings of its data center campus online on Wednesday. Construction continues on three more buildings and there will eventually be six buildings in the data center handling the traffic.
Once all the buildings are online, more than 200 people are expected to work in the data center.
The data center will eventually cover 2.5 million square feet and will be powered entirely by renewable energy with 227 megawatts of solar power added to Alabama’s power grid.
Facebook supported Huntsville-area schools during construction, focusing on so-called STEM courses – science, technology, engineering, and math. It’s a natural fit for Huntsville, home to the Alabama School of Cyber Technology & Engineering. Facebook, in fact, donated $ 100,000 to the statewide Magnet School earlier this year.
“We know, especially in a community like Huntsville, that there will be so many industries that will need STEM students to fill these roles – not just Facebook,” Comer said. “We want to make sure the communities we live and work in have the resources they need to be successful in STEM and we want to be part of this mission-critical element to ensure that these young students from kindergarten through to Grade 12 have the opportunities to succeed in the STEM field.
Facebook also opened applications for its 2022 Community Action Grants, which the company described as grants supporting “projects that meet the needs of our communities by harnessing the power of technology to benefit the community, by connecting people online or offline and improving local STEM education. Click here for more information on grants.