The data center infrastructure that powers Facebook for billions of users around the world is growing quickly. Since RTI’s previous study on the impact of Facebook’s data center development, their U.S. fleet grew from 4 to 11 data centers. RTI International collected and analyzed data from 2017 through 2019 with a focus on how data center construction and operations have impacted local economies, the environment, and communities over the three-year timespan.
The impact of Facebook's U.S. data center fleet 2017-2019
VanLear, S., Clark-Sutton, K. B., Gonzalez, M. A., Brown, E. G., Lim, B. B-L., & Depro, B. M. (2020). The impact of Facebook's U.S. data center fleet 2017-2019. RTI International.