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Facebook Building World's 'Most Advanced' Data Center In Irish Village (thestack.com) 60

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has announced it is building a new data center in Clonee, Ireland, a small village close to Dublin. The facility, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg claims will be one of the "most advanced and energy efficient data centers in the world," will be the social network's second outside of the U.S., and its sixth globally. The new center will be located just a 30-minute drive from Facebook's international headquarters in the country's capital. It is expected to cost €200 million and employ around 2,000 people during the construction phase. The company hopes to open the facility in early 2018.
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Facebook Building World's 'Most Advanced' Data Center In Irish Village

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  • by dohzer ( 867770 ) on Monday January 25, 2016 @07:11PM (#51369849) Homepage

    How many other data centers in Irish Villages can there be?

    • given the number of companies basing themselves in Ireland for tax purposes it would not surprise me if their are a shit load.
      • the irony is, of course, if I tried to avoid US taxes by living and working in ireland for irish companies, uncle sam would still cross the atlantic to tax me.

        • Only the US has such insane tax laws for both its citizens and companies. most countries have broken tax laws with regards to companies though that let tax havens like Ireland happen.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Plenty. It has a fairly stable climate year-round and the cool sea air is used for passive cooling. The irony is that the common Irish people have one of the worst internet connections in the world.

    • by Trepidity ( 597 ) <delirium-slashdot@NOsPam.hackish.org> on Monday January 25, 2016 @10:20PM (#51370899)

      "Irish village" here is a bit of a euphemism for "Dublin suburb". And the Dublin suburbs have plenty of datacenters.

      • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

        I'm thinking of moving to Ireland for a while (long story, I'm working around screwed up UK immigration laws). Can you recommend good places to go? I'm a software engineer, mostly doing embedded and some electronic design/debugging. I'd prefer to work remotely and don't really care too much about things like nightlife etc. I just want somewhere nice and not too expensive to live, with a good internet connection.

    • Re: (Score:2, Flamebait)

      by Xest ( 935314 )

      The reason companies like Facebook will pick Ireland is because it's a tax haven, and because it's where they amass many billions of otherwise unproductive dollars.

      If they try and take it somewhere more useful then they'll have to inevitably pay the tax that, if they weren't avoiding (possibly even evading in some cases) it, they'd have had to have paid in the first place.

      So they have the following choices

      1) They have it sat in an Irish bank not really doing anything, and possibly depreciating in value due

  • by turkeydance ( 1266624 ) on Monday January 25, 2016 @07:23PM (#51369927)
    not even a little bit.
    • Yeah, Not a bit
    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      They have sunlight in Ireland, you know. TFA says it will be 100% renewable powered, so I imagine they will over-build capacity and contribute at least 100% of what they pull from the grid back again. Most likely some windmills and a lot of passive cooling.

  • As far as I know, Google owns the most advanced data center [fajlami.com] right now. And They never officially announced it. And now Mark claims about another one. What They mean by "most advanced and energy efficient data centers" ? Powered by solar Panels ?
  • by magarity ( 164372 ) on Monday January 25, 2016 @08:02PM (#51370151)

    "and employ around 2,000 people during the construction phase"

    Interesting the need to specify during the construction phase. I assume "most advanced" means after construction it just needs 1 part time repair tech for the killer robot security dogs.

    • Datacenters are very low employment areas, a handful of staff onsite (including security staff) can run a huge datacenter once operational. Their is not a lot of positives for local economies apart from the building phase.
  • The Double Irish (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward


    The double Irish arrangement is a tax avoidance strategy that some multinational corporations use to lower their corporate tax liability. The strategy uses payments between related entities in a corporate structure to shift income from a higher-tax country to a lower-tax country. It relies on the fact that Irish tax law does not include US transfer pricing rules.[1] Specifically, Ireland has territorial taxation, and hence does not levy taxes on income b

  • Let me guess.. it's like the Isle of Man which is tax free.
  • by nuckfuts ( 690967 ) on Monday January 25, 2016 @08:37PM (#51370385)
  • So when they duplicate their efforts somewhere else, it'll be cloned, right?

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