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Google Opening $600M Tennessee Data Center

Google has announced it will launch its 15th global data center at the site of a former semiconductor plant in Tennessee, for an investment of $600 million.

Google will be able to reuse much of the existing infrastructure at the former Hemlock Semiconductor site in Montgomery County, Tenn. The site will incorporate new technologies that will "make this data center the most technologically advanced in the world," Google said in a blog post last week.

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will provide electricity. "Thanks to an arrangement with TVA, we’ll be able to scout new renewable energy projects and work with them to bring that power onto their electrical grid; another step toward Google’s ultimate goal of being powered by 100% renewable energy," Google says. The hypercloud provider has signed up 2 gigawatts of renewable energy supply contacts to offset power used in its data centers, "equivalent of taking nearly 1 million cars off the road." Google says it's the largest corporate energy buyer in the world.

When will the data center open? Could be years, Google says.

The first phase of the Clarksville, Tenn., project will employ about 70 people, including computer technicians, engineers, electricians, mechanics and others specializing in running a large industrial facility, according to a report on the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle. The selection process took 16 months, the paper said.

Google will work with local officials on a community grants program for science and technology education, clean energy and local Internet access, according to The Tennessean.

Hypercloud players, including Google and Facebook , have led the charge to New IP networks, pioneering SDN and commodity components and pressuring telcos and other traditional service providers to innovate. (See Google: 'Great' Data Center Networks Essential and Facebook Reinvents Data Center Networking.)

About Clarksville
Clarksville is the fifth largest city in Tennessee, with an estimated population of 146,806 in 2014. Notable Clarksville people include country music star Roy Acuff; rock musicians Jimi Hendrix and Little Richard; actor Frank Sutton, who played the sergeant on Gomer Pyle, USMC; poet Robert Penn Warren; and quite a few distinguished athletes.

The Monkees song "Last Train to Clarksville" references the town only because the name sounded good. But the band filmed parts of the music video in Clarksville.

New Digs
Google is opening its 15th data center at the site of a former semiconductor plant in Tennessee. [Photo: Google]
Google is opening its 15th data center at the site of a former semiconductor plant in Tennessee.
[Photo: Google]


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Imposing Building
The Montgomery County Courthouse, Clarksville, Tennessee [Photo by Jugarum, GNU Free Documentation License]
The Montgomery County Courthouse, Clarksville, Tennessee
[Photo by Jugarum, GNU Free Documentation License]

New School
Montgomery Central High School [Photo by K. Johnson, GNU Free Documentation License]
Montgomery Central High School
[Photo by K. Johnson, GNU Free Documentation License]

— Mitch Wagner, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profileFollow me on Facebook, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading. Got a tip about SDN or NFV? Send it to [email protected]

MichaelRobidoux 12/29/2015 | 8:52:48 AM
In my opinion... I think Google has all the opportunities to do that, so why not.
danielcawrey 12/28/2015 | 8:24:55 PM
Infrastracture Good move by Google to try and scoop up older assets that aren't being used and repurpose them. This semiconductor factory is obviously a good one, and a sign that the company wants to recycle industrial locations for a new type of factory: cloud computing. 
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