Inside Facebook’s North Carolina Data Center
FOREST CITY, N.C. – You may never visit Rutherford County, North Carolina. But if you live on the East Coast, your data probably will. Forest City is home to about 7,500 residents, as well as a major campus for Facebook. As a result, it has joined the ranks of rural towns that are populated by more servers than people. Facebook has built two enormous data centers here to power its growing Internet infrastructure. The two-story structures each span more than 300,000 square feet. In an area dotted with modest restaurants and stores, the server farms resemble aircraft carriers dropped onto the landscape.