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Facebook considering first Asian data centre in Taiwan

Wed 2 Dec 2015

Facebook is planning to establish its first data centre in the Asia-Pacific region, at a site located next to the high-speed rail station in Changhua County, central Taiwan, according to local authorities.

Joining Google which set up a facility in the same county in December 2013, the Facebook centre will involve an investment of TWD 10 billion (approx. £20 million).

The social media giant had previously indicated interest in the region, commissioning a consulting company to assess six suitable locations in Taiwan. The county government since confirmed that a technical team had been sent from Facebook to survey the Changhua site in August this year.

Facebook is said to be looking to purchase six acres (2.43 hectares) initially, expanding to 20 acres over the coming years.

Magistrate Wei Ming-ku of Changhua County said that the area had “made all-out efforts to ensure sufficient supply of water and electricity,” adding: “We hope they will come.”

The global network is still to confirm any decision. “As a global company working to connect billions of people around the world, we are always evaluating potential sites for new data centres, but we don’t have anything to announce at this time,” a spokeswoman said in an email today.

Taiwan is a leading high-tech hub in Asia, with a successful market for innovation and access to international capital. The country is keen to invest in reliable infrastructure and global talent to support its online economy. The government has recently made moves to create an accommodating regulatory environment, lowering barriers for startups and reducing restrictions on foreign labour.

The Changhua site would be Facebook’s first data centre location in Asia. The centre would join Facebook’s four U.S. facilities in Texas, Oregon, Iowa and North Carolina, and its European site in Lulea, Sweden.

Facebook openly shares its data centre designs across the Open Compute Project, which counts over 200 members and thousands of contributors, all participating on the development of efficient and sustainable data centre technologies.

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