eBay to Build Data Center in Phoenix

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Internet auction goliath eBay said Friday that it will build a data center in the Phoenix area. The company didn’t indicate the exact site or planned square footage of the new facility, which will be its seventh in the United States, including centers in the Bay Area, Sacramento and Denver.

eBay is the latest company to decide to build a brand new data center rather than buy an existing facility. In some cases, companies will build because the available data centers in the market can’t support their specifications. In other cases, there’s not enough space and/or no finished properties available.

Either way, the decision is another big win for Phoenix, as eBay becomes the third major technology company to announce an expansion in Phoenix, following earlier moves by Google and Intel.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.