Facebook Seeking To Sublease Third-Party Data-Center Space In Silicon Valley

By David Cohen 

Facebook’s expansion of its data center in Prineville, Ore., has rendered the third-party data-center space it leases in the Santa Clara and San Jose, Calif., market unnecessary, so the social network is seeking tenants to sublease portions of that space, Data Center Knowledge reported.

The company is committed to multiyear lease obligations with at least four data-center operators in Silicon Valley, Data Center Knowledge reported, adding that most of those commitments do not lapse until 2015 through 2018.

Facebook Communications Manager Michael Kirkland told Data Center Knowledge:

We are shopping some of our West Coast capacity for sublease. It’s one of the options we’re examining. We’ve had conversations with the owners of these buildings and made it clear that this is something we’re considering.

We’ve been pretty open with the industry about our plans. We’ve reached a point as a company where the most efficient approach is to build our own data centers. We’ve always worked closely with our providers and building owners.

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