Online services giant Yahoo, Inc., located in Sunnyvale, California, has recently announced a plan to invest $500 million to expand its data center infrastructure, according to reports.
According to Yahoo, the company plans to begin the work in 2012 and it will include the expansion of existing data centers in Buffalo, NY, Omaha, NE, and Washington State, as well as the creation of new data center facilities in Singapore and Switzerland.
In a statement, Scott Noteboom, head of data center operations at Yahoo said, 'We are, in essence, rewiring the entire infrastructure of Yahoo. We've gained approval to invest half a billion dollars to build new data centers. We will be migrating the entire footprint of Yahoo to these more efficient facilities.'
Last year, Yahoo released a data center design that uses factory-built components and relies on fresh air instead of mechanical cooling. In September, the company opened a new 155,000-square-foot data center in Lockport, New York that implemented the new design. Officials say that it has a power usage effectiveness of 1.08, compared with the industry average of 1.92.
Construction is already underway on Yahoo's Swiss data center, which is expected to have the same low PUE rating as the New York data center. The Switzerland location will be the first implementation of the new design in a retrofit of an existing building.
Yahoo says that it has plans to build approximately 20 smaller data centers that will store content closer to users, supporting caching and content delivery.
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