Quincy: New ‘Power Center’ for Tech Giants

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Power costs continue to remake the map of America’s data center infrastructure, as we are reminded today in a Washington Post story about the industry’s growth in Quincy, a small town in central Washington that is the future hoem of data centers for both Microsoft and Yahoo. An outtake:

This small farm town, population 5,300, has become the Klondike of the wildly competitive Internet era. The gold in Quincy is electricity, which technology heavyweights need to operate ever-larger data centers as they fight for world domination.

We’ve tracked the developments in central Washington for some months now. We’ll see more stories like this as local economic development officials come to better understand the benefits of cheap power as a business attraction tool.

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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.