Data center hub arises in central Oregon

Far north of Silicon Valley, a small town hosts the operational blood and guts of tech's biggest names

Apple and Facebook this month each filed plans to expand data center operations in Prineville, Ore., a small community that's on its way to becoming one of the top data center locations in the U.S.

Once the latest projects are completed, the two tech firms will be running a combined 1.2 million square feet of data center space, and each company owns enough land in the city to expand well beyond that.

Facebook was in Prineville first, building what became a 334,000-square-foot data center in 2010. It's now finishing work on a companion facility estimated by local officials to be 360,000 square feet.

The social networking company's latest plan calls for construction of a third facility that will be 60,000 square feet.

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