Oracle Resumes $300 Million Utah Project

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Oracle's planned Utah Compute Center in West Jordan, Utah. Local officials say Oracle has resumed construction on the project.

Oracle Corp. has resumed construction on a nearly $300 million data center in West Jordan, state officials told local media Thursday. The company had halted work on the 180,000 square foot project in the spring of 2009.

Oracle unveiled the West Jordan project in May 2008, when company president Safra Catz said the new facility “will allow us to support our growing On Demand business, as well as the technology infrastructure to support our research and development and customer service requirement.” Oracle touted its Project Sequoia design at industry trade shows and broke ground in October 2008.

Oracle apparently halted construction around the time it offered to acquire Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion. The deal created a  “buy vs. build” choice for Oracle, as Sun operates dozens of data centers, including a relatively new high-efficiency Broomfield, Colorado data center and Sun’s high-density installation at the SuperNAP in Las Vegas.

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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.

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