by Lorrie Abounader, Business Development Manager
On October 18, internet giant Yahoo! broke ground on the expansion of their Lockport, NY data center. Their current facility that opened in 2010 is roughly the same size as the deck of the aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan. The expansion will add another 150,000 square feet and use 7.2 megawatts of power, enough to power half a million homes. Typically a data center that size would use more power and water to run and cool the server rooms but Yahoo! chose the Western New York region for it’s cool climate, allowing the ambient air to circulate through and cool the computer equipment. This is an enormous cost savings for the data center. Operating costs are dramatically reduced on top of the low-cost power awarded through the New York Power Authority.
The groundbreaking was well attended by elected officials, economic development representatives and local businesses as Yahoo! has been a great neighbor to the business community. Local business may experience an uptick in activity as the expansion will provide at least 115 more jobs in the future through the establishment of Yahoo!’s customer care contact center on the campus. Yahoo! refers to the department that resolves customer issues their “center of excellence” as these employees are the first line to giving Yahoo! users a great customer experience. Due to the fact that Yahoo! is extremely happy with the quality of the talent recruited, company execs consider their Lockport facility the one they could replicate into all their data centers worldwide.
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