Amazon is acquiring more land in Oregon, according to local media, a move that lays the groundwork for future data center expansion in the state. Vadata Inc., an Amazon affiliate that has previously acquired property for the company's data centers, has recently bought land in the Port of Morrow and the Port of Umatilla.
Amazon has already built (but apparently not occupied) a data center in the Port of Morrow near Boardman. Vadata recently bought another 35 acres nearby, according to the East Oregonian (link via InformationWeek).
The paper also reported that the Port of Umatilla commissioners agreed last week to sell 9.79 acres of land to Vadata for $146,850, or $15,000 per acre. "Economic developers in the region believe Vadata intends to build a few identical centers in the region, each with a separate power source, to provide redundancy for its computer systems," the story notes.
Amazon has been steadily adding data center space in recent years with the growth of its Amazon Web Services cloud computing service. Although the company is clearly in the early stages of any expansion in Oregon, the land deals reinforce the state's recent momentum in data center development, which includes a new Facebook facility in Prineville and development plans by Mission West.