Yahoo Opens Wenatchee Data Center

As Yahoo opens its new Washington State data center, CIO Lars Rabbe discusses the company's approach to infrastructure.

It was Yahoo Day in Chelan County, Washington yesterday as co-founder David Filo presided over opening ceremonies for the company's new data center at the Confluence Technology Center in Wenatchee. Yahoo spent $12 million to transform the CTC's third floor into a data center, and will soon be building a larger facility in nearby Quincy.

Yahoo Chief Information Officer Lars Rabbe blogged the event, discussing how Yahoo's new construction is a shift from its historic approach to data center infrastructure:

We have more than 25 large data centers around the world, housing hundreds of thousands of servers (the engine behind all of our popular services) and other equipment that powers Yahoo! These technology hubs (including the one we are building from the ground up in Quincy, just 30 miles east of Wenatchee) represent a new phase in our approach to data center management. Historically, we have rented space and data center management from third-party vendors. We've recently started taking a hybrid approach by building or leasing our own data centers, providing us with much more control over our own destiny (and data!).

See the local newspaper, the Wenatchee World, for additional coverage of the Yahoo event.