Facebook is building its first data center in Asia.

Facebook has announced it will invest over $1 billion to build a data centre in Singapore. The centre is expected to be operational around 2022, and will host Facebook servers and centralise its IT operations.

It will be a big, rectangular affair, according to renders released by Facebook, featuring translucent cladding “made of a perforated lightweight material that allows airflow and proceeds glimpses of the state-of-the-art mechanical equipment inside,” and its front is bedecked with rows of plants.

Facebook  selected Singapore for a number of reasons, including robust infrastructure and access to fiber, a talented local workforce, and a great set of community partners,” . It will be Facebook’s 15th data centre worldwide.

“Singapore has also established policies that foster a business-friendly environment, including measures that support the enforcement of contracts and increase the ease of construction permitting.”

,” Facebook engineering boss Jay Parikh wrote in a post “Our data centers play a foundational role in ensuring our infrastructure is reliable, efficient, and can scale to meet the future needs of our community.

Google has also built two data centres in the city-state, and announced this month it was starting work on a third.

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