Following in a growing line of eco-friendly data centers, Facebook announced on August 15th, 2017 that their newest center in New Albany, Ohio would be powered by renewable energy. The data center’s power sources would include “wind, hydroelectric, and solar power”, according to Facebook’s representative, Lindsay Amos. This New Albany branch is set to open in 2019, becoming the tenth data center for Mark Zuckerberg’s Social Network. Amos also added that, ultimately, the data center’s goal would be, “100 percent clean and renewable energy in our mix for our entire operations”.
The global data center market is expected to be worth $14 billion by 2022 — it was valued at about $6 billion in 2016 — with no chance of slowing down anytime soon. Automation, Internet of Things devices, and machine learning systems are rapidly changing normal data center operations, making it difficult to predict what the industry will be like in the long-term. Because of this rapid growth and innovation, there is a high demand for data center engineers that are highly trained and have a variety of skills — skills that are beyond the industry norm. Read More