Facebook_data_center_IowaFacebook is opening its newest data center in Altoona, Iowa. When complete, Altoona will be among the most advanced and energy efficient facilities of its kind, says the company.

Facebook plans to break ground this summer, and expects to begin serving user traffic in 2014. The Altoona facility will feature Open Compute Project server designs and outdoor-air cooling system, along with additional improvements to the building design and networking architecture. The Open Compute Project was started by a group of Facebook engineers, with the goal of building the most efficient computing infrastructures at the lowest possible cost.

Altoona will be the company’s fourth owned and operated data center, and its third in the United States. Facebook also has data centers in Prineville, Oregon; Forest City, North Carolina; and Luleå, Sweden.

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