Facebook is wasting no time in building — and staffing — its monster 416-acre data center campus in metro Atlanta.
On Jan. 23, Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported Facebook’s plan for the server farm in Newton County. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based social networking giant could end up spending up to $42 billion over two decades in the data center, about 30 miles east of Atlanta.
While the sprawling site in Stanton Springs is being cleared and ready for construction, Facebook has posted 15 job listings for the data center, which will be powered entirely by renewable energy.
Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) is seeking a construction project manager, a facility support manager, quality control program engineer, field engineer, and chief building engineer, among other positions, according to listings on Glassdoor. The jobs would pay between $38,000 and $128,000 annually, according to Glassdoor salary estimates.
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Map showing the site of Facebook’s proposed data center campus in Newton county Georgia.
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Facebook, in March, confirmed it would initially invest $750 million and create up to 100 tech jobs at the data center campus that includes two connected buildings, which will be near biotech Shire’s $1.2 billion manufacturing plant.
Facebook, which will develop the campus in four phases, would invest nearly $2.5 billion in improvements and equipment through 2029, according to documents obtained by Atlanta Business Chronicle. This amount does not include land acquisition costs or periodic investments in equipment upgrades and replacements.
Metro Atlanta — a top five data center market — is also said to be on the radar of other West Coast Internet behemoths. Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) are eying metro Atlanta for standalone data centers.
Data center demand is growing rapidly in the Atlanta area as traditional data center hubs, such as Northern Virginia, become even pricier. Businesses also want to put their data center operations closer to customers and talent — and the Southeast is witnessing a population boom.
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Due to strong demand, CyrusOne Inc. is adding two more data centers in San Antonio.
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In December, Dallas-based Cyrus One announced plans to develop a $206 million data center in Douglasville, Ga. In May, Las Vegas-based data center operator Switch is expected to enter Atlanta with plans for a $2.5 billion, more than 1 million-square-foot data center campus.
Inexpensive power and real estate are major drivers for the data center industry. Georgia Power is selling power to data centers for 3.5 cents per kwh, down from 5.5 cents per kWh from year ago.
The cost of land in metro Atlanta is half of that in Northern Virginia, while the cost of living is about 30 percent lower.