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Why Iowa? According to The Des Moines Register, which deserves credit for breaking the story on Monday, Altoona officials sold Facebook on four key selling points:

  1. The site sits on the nexus of an interstate fiber optic system, providing connectivity to the rest of the nation.
  2. A power substation sits within half a mile of the campus.
  3. Transportation access.
  4. Environmental stability.

The last is an increasingly important consideration. Data-center providers that went down during Superstorm Sandy in New York last year learned that lesson well; hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and other natural disasters can bring a cloud services down just as effectively as a power outage. 

A Facebook blog post, meanwhile, cited "an abundance of wind-generated power" as well as proximity to "a great talent pool that will help build and operate the facility" as reasons for building in Altoona. Apparently, Des Moines and Ames are the new Silicon Valley and Boston when it comes to technical skills. The new facility will break ground this summer and begin serving traffic in 2014, Facebook said. According to the Register, Facebook's facility "will join what’s becoming a data center corridor of sorts in Altoona. LightEdge was built in 2006, and Enseva will break ground this spring."

And this will create how many jobs?

They're hiring The Unsullied is the rumor.

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