Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Today, Facebook has approximately 1.8 billion monthly active users. The company wants to have 5 billion users by 2030, which requires a lot of digital power. In the future, a part of that power will come from Odense. Facebook will establish a 55,000 sqm data center in Odense. The construction phase of the data center will generate more than 1,000 jobs, with 150 permanent jobs created once the facility becomes operational in 2020.
Why did Facebook choose Odense as the place for their third data center outside US? Aside from being known as the best city for startups, in the best European country for doing business, according to Niall McEntegart, Director of Data Center Operations EMEA & APAC at Facebook it’s not only about the cool climate and access to renewable energy.
“Odense is not just a great site for a data center. It’s also a great city that we look forward to living in.
The ongoing efforts to modernize the city are very exciting indeed.
Our Odense data center will be one of the most advanced and energy efficient data centers in the world. Like our other European data centers, it will be powered by 100 % clean and renewable energy.”, he says.
Peter Rahbæk Juel, mayor of Odense, is happy to have Facebook in the city. At the press conference announcing the Facebook data center, he explained why:
“The only way to tell the future is to create it yourself. And the boldest decision we made probably was when we a few years ago decided to create a new future for Odense. We chose to be ambitious and to create an attractive environment for startups, companies and their employees. Now we are focusing heavily on for instance drones and IT, and we have a leading international robotic cluster with more than 100 companies and 2600 employees. It required courage from the people behind the decision and today we can say welcome to the world’s largest social network. Welcome to Odense, Facebook!”
And Niall McEntegart, Director of Data Center Operations EMEA & APAC at Facebook acknowledges the role of the municipality.
“We wouldn’t be here today without the municipality. We found a great collaborative set of partners who helped us move forward quickly with this project.”, he said.
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