Facebook’s new data center in Forest City, North Carolina, officially opened today and is online and serving live user traffic.

The data center currently comprises two buildings: Building 1 broke ground in November 2010 and opened today, while Building 2 is expected to open later this year.

The facility takes advantage of technology developed as part of the Open Compute Project, launched by Facebook last year to drive more innovation and a greater focus on energy efficiency in the data center industry. Our Forest City data center will be the first live test of the Open Compute Project’s outdoor-air cooling designs in an environment where temperature and humidity conditions are considered to be outside the range of typical data center operations.

Forest City Data Center

For more, read the post on the Facebook Forest City Data Center page.