Feeds

Amazon cops to stalled data center

'$135m' facility on hold

Application security programs and practises

Amazon has acknowledged that it's behind the 116,700-square-foot data center no longer under construction on the banks of the Columbia River in Boardman, Oregon.

After construction began on the $135m facility last year, a local paper pegged Amazon as the tenant. But only now, as weeds pop up around the unfinished facility, has the web giant confirmed its ownership. The data center is officially owned by an outfit dubbed Vadata, but speaking with Information Week, Amazon acknowledged that Vadata is a legal entity that belongs to Amazon.

In a statement, the company told The Reg much the same thing. "We continuously evaluate the requirements for our infrastructure capacity and are judicious in our investment decisions," a spokeswoman said. "While we are continually adding resources to support our customers, we don’t disclose specific locations for security reasons and don’t comment on rumors and speculation."

That said, Amazon has previously disclosed data centers in Ashburn, Virginia; Dallas/Fort Worth; Los Angeles; Miami; Newark, New Jersey; Palo Alto, California; Seattle; St. Louis; Amsterdam; Dublin; Frankfurt; London; Hong Kong; and Tokyo. And for what it's worth, our request was forwarded to the spokeswoman who oversees Amazon Web Services, the company's so-called compute cloud.

In November last year, according to local sources, the Boardman, Oregon facility carried a price tag upwards of $135m - $35m for construction and more than $100m for computing equipment. But like Google and Microsoft, Amazon is apparently slowing the expansion of its data center empire.

The Boardman Chamber of Commerce tells Info Week that construction has halted on Amazon's data center until sometime next year, citing, yes, poor economic conditions.

But as the Boardman site sits idle, Amazon has purchased a 110,000 square foot property in North Virginia, according to Data Center Knowledge. Like the neighboring North Carolina - where Apple is building its $1bn behemoth - Virginia recently passed new laws meant to lure data-center-building web giants.

Some have also speculated that Amazon is focusing efforts on Virginia in an effort to backing its fledgling AWS Federal offering, a service tailored to hosting government apps and infrastructure in the proverbial cloud.

It so happens that federal CIO Vivek Kundra is slated to make some sort of cloudy announcement tomorrow at NASA's Ames Air Force. But Ames is just down the road from another cloud-obsessed web giant. You know the one. ®

Clarification: The sub-headline of this story has been changed to make it clearer that Amazon has not put its entire AWS cloud "on hold." As the body of the story explains, only construction of the single data center has been put on hold.

Bridging the IT gap between rising business demands and ageing tools

More from The Register

next story
Attack of the clones: Oracle's latest Red Hat Linux lookalike arrives
Oracle's Linux boss says Larry's Linux isn't just for Oracle apps anymore
THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy
Now that's a LOT of porn or pirated movies. Or, you know, other consumer stuff
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.