I had a a laugh watching the news about Oracle’s data center and the announcement by the local gov’t officials regarding the facility. I wrote my own blog entry about the Sequoia data center presentation.
But, I’ve seen the data center site, and there hasn’t been construction this year, and the only evidence of construction is a bit of foundation work. There is no electrical infrastructure or super structure for the data center. The below picture and press would make you think the site is a failed data center construction project put on hold.
I tried to get an aerial map from google and bing.com, but the pictures are too old to show the construction site foundation.
DataCenterKnowledge has a post referencing the local Salt Lake City paper.
Oracle Halts Utah Data Center ProjectJuly 8th, 2009 : Rich Miller
Oracle's planned Utah Compute Center in West Jordan, Utah. State officials say Oracle has halted construction on the project.
Oracle has halted construction on a $300 million data center project in West Jordan, Utah in a move that appears to be tied to the company’s pending acquisition of Sun Microsystems. The construction stoppage was reported this morning by the Salt Lake Tribune, with Utah economic development officials saying the company has “put it on hold for a little while” while waiting for the economy to rebound.
Oracle unveiled the West Jordan project last May, 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
The IDG news network picked this up and spread the news even more.
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