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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 Oregonian2 on 1/22/2007 3:22:55 PM , Rating: 2
Cutting the Military by 50% wouldn't help much. Their spending (other than "special projects" in the Middle east) is a very tiny portion of the total budget. Used to be a good scape goat for spending cuts, but that age is very long past. Also sticking it to the rich won't help as much as one might think either. If 100% of Bill Gate's wealth were given to the government tomorrow, it'd be just a tiny blip in the budget cycle.

By Ringold on 1/22/2007 3:33:01 PM , Rating: 2
Two more things, too. It'd be but a tiny blip, (sorta; the top 5 percent of income earners shoulder 35% of the tax burden, but Gates would pay for about two seconds in Iraq), but the sort of image that sends to the masses (and behavioral economics proves this) is that success is not worth it because the Government just takes it from you no matter how hard you work. Better to maximize leisure and minimize effort by settling with some much lower level of achievement instead.

But it "feels good" to the masses to think they're "sticking it to the man", and hence, politicians like using it. That, and campaign contributions.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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