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Apple May Build Oregon Data Center Next To Facebook's 91

Posted by timothy
from the consult-the-oregoonians dept.
1sockchuck writes "Apple may build a huge new data center next door to the Facebook server farm in rural Prineville, Oregon. Slashdot has previously noted the potential that Prineville could become a data center mecca due to its climate, which is ideal for using fresh air to cool servers. The scenario could mirror the trend in rural North Carolina, where both Apple and Facebook have built data centers. It's always been likely that Apple will need at least one other large data center complex to provide backup capabilities for the facility in North Carolina."
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Apple May Build Oregon Data Center Next To Facebook's

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  • by AHuxley (892839) on Sunday December 04, 2011 @02:57AM (#38255502) Homepage Journal
    Guards, a few low end staff to swap out the data media when needed 24/7, gardeners so the landscape looks pretty for a congress critter media event, a few smart admins to cover all the real time error reports (off site is fine).
    No need for on site engineers, plumbers, electricians, technical staff, admins - just swap out the media and look at id's at the gates.
  • by rtb61 (674572) on Sunday December 04, 2011 @04:05AM (#38255594) Homepage

    Build for summer, regret the winters. Cool summer temperatures inevitably mean snow in winter and travel is difficult in snow. Cheap cooling, park yourself near the coast in temperate climes and use heat exchangers to achieve your cooler temperatures. Also avoid, typhoon or hurricane prone zones, tornadoes, seismic instability and of course flooding. Power should also be drawn from more than one grid, close access to a university is also desirable (user testing, direct training), a substantive employment base to avoid having to bring in all staff and, access to main thorough fairs for better transport options is also desirable.

    Likely what went on with that choice was some stupidly corrupt pay no taxes deal, something that should be put a stop to a federal, state and county level. What ever happened to all being treated equally, screw the scum sucking corporate tax cheats.

  • Re:Ok who else... (Score:5, Informative)

    by rsmith-mac (639075) on Sunday December 04, 2011 @04:23AM (#38255646)
    They would just be hiring grunts. The NC Apple data center only has about 50 employees [slashdot.org], as the only on-site people they need are techies to keep the servers up. Data centers themselves are capital-intensive but require little in the way of permanent labor beyond the skeleton crew, as the only big labor pushes would be construction and whatever you bring in if you overhaul the systems.
  • by QuantumRiff (120817) on Sunday December 04, 2011 @08:58AM (#38256464)

    Facebook has about 55 employees onsite in prineville (a town of 10k). They are adding more when they finish their second datacenter at the location. I was reading an article yesterday about how the town loves it.. Facebook orders lunch from a different local restraunt every day for 55 employees. Use locals for as much as they can, and only a few of the employees are transplants, most were trained locally.

    Plus more than half of the construction jobs were sourced locally..

    Now the amazon datacenter, up in boardman, OR, that is just basically a bunch of shipping containers..

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