Google to Spend $600 Million for New Datacenter
January 20, 2007 5:57 AM
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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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1/22/2007 12:47:34 AM
As has been said, Google is building similar facilities elsewhere. They already have one in rural The Dalles, Oregon built (conveniently located within spitting distance of a hydro-electric dam to provide lots of energy, and right on a major East-West fiber line running to Portland.)
I currently have three friends who work there. One moved from Portland, the other two still live in Portland, and make the 80-mile, hour-and-a-half drive daily. I don't particularly want either the commute (I live on the far side of Portland, so it would be an extra thirty minute to hour drive,) or to live in The Dalles, otherwise I would have applied long ago. (And, the pay isn't that great. The only saving grace is stock options.)
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