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Facebook’s data center empire is expanding into Asia.

This week, the Silicon Valley social networking giant announced that it is spending more than $1 billion US (1.4 billion Singapore dollars) building its first custom data centre on the continent, in Singapore.

It will be a big, rectangular affair, according to renders released by Facebook, featuring translucent cladding “made of a perforated lightweight material that allows airflow and proceeds glimpses of the state-of-the-art mechanical equipment inside,” and its front is bedecked with rows of plants.

Why Singapore? “We selected Singapore for a number of reasons, including robust infrastructure and access to fiber, a talented local workforce, and a great set of community partners,” Facebook said in a blog post.


“Singapore has also established policies that foster a business-friendly environment, including measures that support the enforcement of contracts and increase the ease of construction permitting.”

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The facility will be Facebook’s 15th data centre, and will be completely powered by renewable energy — in keeping with the company’s pledge to be powered 100% by renewable energy by 2020.

“Our data centers play a foundational role in ensuring our infrastructure is reliable, efficient, and can scale to meet the future needs of our community,” Facebook engineering boss Jay Parikh wrote in a post. “We’re very excited about expanding our data center footprint into Asia, and it becoming part of our highly advanced infrastructure that helps bring Facebook apps and services to you every day.”

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