Facebook plants server farm in IA not CA

facebook-altoona-illustratiApril 24, 2013

By John Seiler

California remains a fantastic place if you have a 180 IQ and an entrepreneurial spirit. You move to Silicon Valley, live and work in a closet and devour Coke and pizza until you make your first $1 billion. Then move into a mansion and drive a Bentley. California’s notoriously high taxes? That’s for accountants to figure out how you don’t have to pay them.

For those of us with IQs < 180, it’s time to move to Iowa. That’s where Facebook is building its new server firm, which will generate thousands of construction jobs; and when it’s finished thousands of jobs for maintenance, programming, engineering, etc. for those not able to join the Silicon Valley empyrean.

Wrote Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering Jay Parikh in a blog on the Facebook site on Apr. 22:

“Today we’re thrilled to announce that Altoona, Iowa, will be the home for Facebook’s newest data center.

“For most people, Facebook is something pretty simple. It’s a service you visit every day to connect with the people and things you care about. But behind the scenes, Facebook is a global service of immense scale and complexity — over 1 billion people use Facebook every month, and every day there are more than 2.7 billion Likes and over 2.4 billion content items shared with friends.

“In the coming years, as our service continues to grow and people share and connect in more ways, we need to make sure that our technical infrastructure also continues to scale. Our goal is not just to deliver you a fast, reliable experience on Facebook every day — we also want to help make connectivity a universal opportunity. Our data centers are essential for making that happen.

“Altoona will be our fourth owned and operated data center, and our third in the United States. (The others are in Prineville, Oregon; Forest City, North Carolina; and Luleå, Sweden.)”

Note that none of the four data centers is in California. This will not get tallied as a “business that leaves California.” Rather, it’s one that never came here — and never would come here.

That data center was planned months ago. But Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad was trolling for more California jobs in his trip here two months ago. He said, “The state’s in a financial mess. Taxes are going up. There’s a lot of uncertainty.” After talking to California businesses, he said, “They’re saying the California business climate is bad, and getting worse.”

It takes a lot to drag somebody away from the beach and the sun to the corn fields and frozen tundra. But the Hawkeye state welcomes businesses and jobs instead of repelling them.




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  1. Hondo
    Hondo 24 April, 2013, 13:04

    California, the greatest state in the nation to be unemployed.
    I wonder if many of the IT people that will be employed at the Iowa server farm were educated in Kalifornia, where they couldn’t find a job except working at Starbucks slinging lattes. They took that education, mainly paid for by Kalifornia, and fled to Iowa. The Kali taxpayers paid for their education and the state of Iowa is benefiting from it.
    Someone prove me wrong on this.

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  2. dltravers
    dltravers 24 April, 2013, 17:00

    We need to import more people from other countries to do this. Those dumb corn farmers cannot handle it.

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  3. Server Farming in Iowa
    Server Farming in Iowa 24 April, 2013, 17:03

    The server farm would have been tangled for years in CEQA. Unions would have demanded control of construction and operations. Dependable, ample supply of electricity would be a concern.

    Facebook is past its prime anyway.

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  4. joe
    joe 24 April, 2013, 18:16

    lol…tell me one thing that is cheap in California
    gas?..off the charts
    power bill? top ten highest in the nation
    income taxes? wow are you kidding they are planning to place more taxes on us
    sales tax ?more taxes planned
    property taxes? they want to ban the old proposition 13 and raise property taxes as well
    workers comp insurance? third highest in the nation
    infrastructure? are roads are falling apart.
    food? expensive
    do you remember when Chevron, bank of America had their world head quarters in San Francisco ? How about the Ford having an auto plant in Fremont?
    California chased out hundreds of big corporations.
    Californians want to work…but yeah, your right; Starbucks type jobs are all that’s left …
    Maybe we are to expensive …maybe we have to be nice and allow for an understanding with the business community so Californians can have jobs we can be proud of.
    just a thought

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  5. Queeg
    Queeg 25 April, 2013, 00:15

    Hondo….stop whining. We are swamped with moving work. All you beater doomers are never happy. Ulysses Uhaul loves long distance moves…..our rental lot is swamped.

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  6. Hondo
    Hondo 25 April, 2013, 09:10

    Any discounts on uhauls to Boston. I hear even known terrorists get welfare there. Heck, the T bros were driving a mercedes. Perhaps they will spot me some ‘stimulus’ money so I can trade in my 89 camry for a new B’mer.

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  7. Mike
    Mike 25 April, 2013, 17:04

    Well certainly Facebook is not going to open anything in California. That is what you call a “no brainer.” Any low-level executive of any company will have the smarts to know California is not the place to go or even start a business or company. California doesn’t want businesses or jobs, the democrats/unions who control the State of California want more welfare for the illegals who skip across the border to drop the anchor babies.

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