Austin Offers Incentives for Hewlett-Packard

The city of Austin is preparing to offer $3.2 million in tax incentives to computer giant Hewlett-Packard in a bid to seal the deal on a new $300 million data center, according to local news reports. The new facility would create at least 140 jobs in the Austin area, pating an average of about $60,000 apiece. Hewlett Packard is retrofitting a building at the Freescale Semiconductor campus on Ed Bluestein Boulevard in Southeast Austin and is also said to be considering a second site in Wells Branch. Austin has become a magnet for enterprise data centers in recent years, with Oracle (2002) and Home Depot also locating facilities in the Texas capital.

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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.