Posted By Rich Miller On January 20, 2007 @ 11:15 pm In Google | Comments Disabled
Why would Google need two data centers in a state with only four million residents? Why would they need to buy 520 acres in a Goose Creek industrial park when that’s probably 100 times as much land as any conceivable data center would require? Google is building a LOT of data centers. The company appears to be as attracted to cheap and reliable electric power as it is to population proximity. In Goose Creek they bought those 520 acres from the local state-owned electric utility, which probably answers the land question posed above. By buying out all the remaining building sites in an industrial park owned by an electric utility, Google guarantees itself a vast and uninterruptible supply of power, much as it has done in Oregon by building a data center next to a hydroelectric dam or back here again in Columbia by building near a nuclear power station.So let’s take a look at the capital expenditures. Price tags for these projects can easily be inflated by overenthusiastic local reports, but plans submitted by Google or related entities indicate a total investment of at least $1.55 billion and perhaps as much as $2.15 billion (with the wide Blythewood range being the difference). Stay tuned, as we’ll continue to track all three of these projects. For additional coverage and commentary, see items by Marketwatch  and Greg Linden .
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URLs in this post:
 $600 million Google facility: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/Jan/19/google_picks_nc_for_600m_data_center.html
 massive data center: http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/16484109.htm
 purchased 520 acres in Goose Creek: http://charlestondigitalcorridor.com/?page=36&news=461
 Google intends to build them both: http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/2007/pulpit_20070119_001510.html
 Marketwatch: http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/story.aspx?guid=%7B77CDCC77%2D90B1%2D4C2A%2DBCC6%2D8798E45CFB35%7D&dist=rss
 Greg Linden: http://glinden.blogspot.com/2007/01/googles-big-bandwidth-acquisitions.html
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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