Report: Facebook Interested In $1B Fort Worth Data Center Project

The company behind a mega data center project in Fort Worth is unknown, however documents filed with the state reveal the names of the same planning and legal teams behind Facebook's recent Iowa data center.

Jason Verge

May 22, 2015

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Report: Facebook Interested In $1B Fort Worth Data Center Project
MDF row in data hall at Facebook’s Altoona data center. (Photo: @2014 Jacob Sharp Photography)

Documents unveiled by the Dallas Morning News reveal Facebook is potentially attached to a massive, $1 billion data center project in Fort Worth, Texas. The project includes a planned 750,000 square foot data center.

The name of the company behind the secretive project is being closely guarded. Documents filed with the state of Texas reveal the identity of the planning team working on the project are the same companies behind Facebook’s $300 million data center in Des Moines, Iowa opened last year. The law firm representing the unknown company also works for Facebook.

Fort Worth recently approved financial incentives for the 110-acre data center project, planned in the AllianceTexas development. The Northwest Independent School District is also working on tax abatements.

Facebook is also reported to be considering a data center in Ireland. Yesterday, Dupont Fabros revealed the social network signed up for another 7.5 megawatts in Dupont Fabros’ Ashburn campus. Facebook also has data centers in Oregon and North Carolina.

Dallas-Fort Worth is a bustling data center market. Rich in fiber-optic infrastructure, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is a key Internet hub. It is the birthplace of several of the biggest hosting and cloud providers in the world such as Rackspace and IBM’s SoftLayer.

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