The world's largest social networking website, Facebook, has announced that it is on the verge of establishing Asia's largest cloud computing data center in the Central Taiwan Science Park, in Taiwan, which will bring billions of dollars to the region and make the country one of the largest cloud-computing centers in the world.
Facebook's new cloud computing data center will occupy more than 720,000 square feet of space, according to reports. While the company plans to take care of the software side of the data center, it says it will purchase servers directly from Taiwanese contract manufacturers, bypassing brand suppliers and cutting costs dramatically.
Since Facebook's announcement, officials from the Central Taiwan Science Park have not confirmed the company's plan. However, Google has also announced that it will establish a cloud-computing center in Taiwan, as well.
The announcement by Google and Facebook that they are investing in Taiwan has been hailed as 'encouraging' by the country's Ministry of Economic Affairs, which has long said that it plans to develop Taiwan into what it calls an 'Asia-Pacific Information Logistics Center.' Government officials say they expect the plan to generate more than $100 billion for the economy there.