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North Carolina is home to a new massive server farm facility for Google

Google announced this week that it will be investing roughly $600 million USD in building a new data center facility in North Carolina. The new facility will hold server farms that Google will use in its next generation of search and database-intensive applications, particularly its new "Similarity Engine," which removes redundancy in its crawls and results delivery.

Officials at Google indicated that the new facility will hold slightly over 200 employees, most of whom will be network and server specialists. Google's primary research and development facility will still remain in California. Google also has another facility in Arizona, which it had been working on last year.

The state of North Carolina is definitely pleased with Google's announcement, but Google did not just decide to open its doors in North Carolina on a whim. Earlier this year the state put forward roughly $4.8 million as part of an incentives package for Google. The incentives package can grow up to $100 million if Google decides to stay in the region.

According to North Carolina state governor Mike Easley, the state is jumping at the opportunity to work with Google because there have been lots of employment layoffs in the state this past year. "This company will provide hundreds of good-paying, knowledge-based jobs that North Carolinas citizens want. It will help reinvigorate an area hard hit by the loss of furniture and textile jobs with 21st century opportunities," said Easley.


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By irev210 on 1/20/2007 6:07:49 PM , Rating: 4
yah no kidding.

People cry foul when wall street makes millions...

But for every person on wall street, that person indirectly employees 3 other people.


By Samus on 1/21/2007 2:06:19 AM , Rating: 4
Much like how 1 in 4 working citizens are indirectly employed through military spending.

Cut the military budget like Clinton did, and 1 out of 4 people take a pay cut as well. It's one of the few mistakes the Clinton administration made, economically speaking.


By Christopher1 on 1/22/2007 11:10:08 AM , Rating: 1
Really, we shouldn't even have a military anymore. A small fighting force to go with our nuclear arsenal, yes. But anyone in the world would be absolutely insane to pick a fight with us willingly today.

Our military is simply put, obsolete and no longer necessary for the defense of this country. Time to put more money into schools, health care, foreign relations, etc.

I am really hoping that by the time I am 50, we will no longer HAVE separate countries around the world, but one big world nation.


By njkennedy on 1/22/2007 12:13:53 PM , Rating: 3
Leave this one alone guys.

I was formulating a reasoned email to point out the ridiculous assumptions that his post is based on, but gave up when I realized my post would be 3 pages long.

The flaws here should be apparent to about 95% of the people who frequent these pages, so I suggest just keeping the discussion on Google where it will actually be useful.

Good points from everyone else though.


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