A huge data center going up along the Columbia River in eastern Oregon is being tied to Amazon in a story in The Oregonian.
The area offers just what data centers need: cheap hydroelectric power and water for cooling. Google employs about 200 people at a massive computer server complex nearby in The Dalles.
Amazon isn't commenting on the project, but the port manager at the site near Boardman, Ore., says a $35 million construction project calls for a116,700-square-foot building in phase one and a 102,000-square-foot structure, according to the newspaper. The data center will include its own 10-megawatt electrical substation.
Amazon will have to build out its data centers to support its cloud services, according to Data Center Knowledge, which notes Amazon recently said its S3 service already stores 29 billion objects.