Rackspace Hosting has confirmed that it has bought land in Oregon for a possible data center,
but the company says it has not finalized any plans, and would work with a third-party
developer rather than building the facility itself. Rackspace also announced that it is partnering
with Digital Realty on a new data center in Sydney, Australia.
In a statement Rackspace confirmed that it is the company behind Boardman Acquisition LLC,
which has an option to buy 99 acres of land in the Port of Morrow in Boardman, Oregon..
“We have identified some obvious benefits to adding capacity in the west coast region and we
find the benefits to be compelling,” said Rachel Ferry, a Rackspace spokesperson. “We have
even taken steps to help ensure that, if we ultimately determine that it is in our best interest to
build a data center on the west coast that we can execute on that strategy. To date, these steps
include purchasing land in the Port of Morrow and entering into an enterprise zone agreement
for the operation of a data center. However, at this time we do not have any finalized build
out or operational plans to share with you for this specific location or any other west coast
Rackspace is the most recent in a string of data center users targeting locations in Oregon. The
state has no sales tax, as well as a climate that is ideal for free cooling the use of fresh air cool
servers, a strategy which can dramatically reduce the cost of operating a data center.
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