NetApp Plans Research Triangle Data Center

Network Appliance is considering building a $25 million to $40 million data center facility in Research Triangle Park.

Network Appliance (NTAP) is considering building a $25 million to $40 million data center facility in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, and seeking tax incentives to clinch the project. The exact square footage hasn't been determined, but the new facility would employ at least 50 workers, the company told local media (link via John Rath).

NetApp said it is also looking at sites in Pittsburgh and Washington state. Ken Hibbard, vice president of East Coast operations for NetApp, said incentives packages will be an important factor in the company's decision. "It's not the sole consideration, but it is a factor," Hibbard said. In 2004 the North Carolina Department of Commerce offered NetApp offered $8.9 million for creating 361 jobs over five years. The company has since added about 520 jobs. In January, NetApp negotiated a contract to buy a 100-acre parcel across the street from its RTP site with the Research Triangle Foundation, and has 120 days to make a commitment.