To hear state officials, site-selection experts and local tech execs tell it, a new tax break has made Indiana an instant player in the national data-center scene. State lawmakers last month passed a much-ballyhooed law that exempts sales taxes on equipment, infrastructure and electricity costs for sizable data centers constructed in Indiana. Those tax breaks could amount to $1.75 million to $10.5 million in savings for each Indiana-domiciled data center that qualifies. While a portion of the incentives—namely the forgiveness of sales taxes on electricity—would come over a number of years, facility operators would see much of their savings at the front end of a project. Some of the law’s provisions take effect July 1, though others are retroactive to Jan. 1. Gigerich “Indiana was not in the game before this legislation,” said Larry Gigerich, executive managing director at Ginovus, a locally based site-selection firm that works with clients … [Read more...] about State bets tax breaks will lead to influx of data centers
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Arm Holdings Ltd., whose computer chip designs are best-known for powering consumer devices from smartphones and smartwatches to televisions and printers, has been worming its way into data center equipment such as network switches and computer servers for years. Now, it’s getting serious. Today at its TechCon conference in San Jose, California, the British semiconductor design company announced a new vision for a series of processor platforms due in coming years. Dubbed Neoverse, it’s aimed not only at data centers that collectively drive cloud computing services but also at next-generation computing likely to be done at the edges of the internet and corporate networks. It’s a bold move. Chipmaking giant Intel Corp. still dominates mainstream servers and related data-center gear, not to mention personal computers. It appears Neoverse is aimed at one-upping Intel for the next generation of cloud and edge computing — not just servers but storage arrays, … [Read more...] about With Neoverse, Arm aims to expand chip reach from edge devices to data centers
A space being developed as a data center is seen in Henderson, NV, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @carolinebrehmanA space being developed as a data center is seen in Henderson, NV, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @carolinebrehmanA space being developed as a data center is seen in Henderson, NV, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @carolinebrehmanA space being developed as a data center is seen in Henderson, NV, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @carolinebrehmanA space being developed as a data center is seen in Henderson, NV, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @carolinebrehman A developer shrouded in secrecy is building a massive data center in Henderson. An obscure company called Jasmine Development LLC acquired 64 acres of land on Warm Springs Road west of Boulder Highway in January for $19 million and drew up plans for a … [Read more...] about Could Google be involved in top secret Henderson data center?
Google has long been a carbon-neutral company in a theoretical sense. That is, even when it's physically impossible for Google's data centers and offices to consume renewable energy, the company offsets that "dirty" energy with "clean" energy purchases at other times and locations. The problem is, this does not make Google carbon-neutral in a practical sense, because the company still needs polluting energy sources to keep functioning. In a new report (PDF), Google has acknowledged this limitation and offered a few interesting graphics showing how much carbon-free energy its data centers actually consume. The report is interesting not just because Google is the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world but also because it shows Google is heading off criticism that has been lobbed at all kinds of corporate buyers of renewable energy, including major players like Facebook and Apple. That is, if you're "offsetting" your carbon emissions by paying a wind farm owner for … [Read more...] about Five graphics from Google show how carbon-intensive its data centers really are
A Kansas-based data center firm is preparing to expand its location in North Fort Worth. QTS Realty Trust last year purchased a data center campus from Health Care Services Corp. for $50 million in the AllianceTexas development. They bought land to expand the facility.It's in the same area where Facebook has its huge new data center complex.QTS has filed building permits with the City of Fort Worth to construct a more than $20 million addition to the North Fort Worth project, according to BuildZoom.com.Representatives with the Overland Park-based company declined to comment on a timetable or details of the project.QTS Data Centers expanded into the Dallas area five years ago with its purchase of the 700,000 square-foot Hitachi as a semiconductor facility building in Irving.The company operates data centers in nine state, Europe and Asia. Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the country's top five data center markets and is one of the fastest growing locations for the high-tech projects. … [Read more...] about North Fort Worth data center gears up for expansion