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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RE: Was it worth the taxpayers money?
1/22/2007 3:28:29 PM
Is the state
spending any money whatsoever out of their taxpayer money (the state paying to have the buildings built or buying the fab equipment for AMD)? Or are they doing the typical thing of
the state less money than they would have done so otherwise (where not a cent of the taxpayers money is actually being used to pay AMD)?
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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