Dell opens its Quincy Data Center, How big is it? 42MW of diesel generators deployed with an additional 42 permitted

The folks at DatacenterDynamics and DataCenterKnowledge have posts on the opening of Dell's new Quincy Data Center.

Dell opens Quincy data center

Says heat exchangers will make cloud delivery even more cost efficient at its newest data center

The official Dell press release is here.

Dell Opens New Western Technology Center in Quincy, WashingtonDate : 2/13/2012

  • Extends Dell’s delivery capability and enables regionally delivered, high-value solutions, services and cloud-based delivery options around the world


Dell Services today opened a new technology center in Quincy, Wash., that will provide customers in North America access to cloud technologies and IT outsourcing services. The opening is part of Dell’s ongoing commitment to develop new cloud-based services, solutions and delivery options.


But, I want to know how big the data center is in terms of Power.  The diesel generator capacity is rated at 42 MW = 14 x 3MW Caterpillar Model C175-16.  You can make your own assumptions on the IT load that would be supported by this generator capacity.

How big is the site?  Here is a google maps snapshot.


It isn't that hard to find this information. Especially when a data center is near an elementary school and there is a lot of concern about the health risks from the diesel generator operations.

It was much more interesting to read the public documents than the official press release, but I guess I am too much of a data center geek. :-)

In a few months, it will be interesting to see some if the satellite photos are updated.

The 42 MW of diesel generators are for Phase 1.  An additional 42 MW is approved for Phase II and III.

Public disclosure of diesel permits is here.