Amazon Web Services has opened a new data center in Oregon that will cost less to use than the company's other West Coast facility, which is located in California. Amazon Web Services offers a number of services to business clients including Elastic Compute Cloud, Simple Storage Service and Virtual Private Cloud from the Oregon data center. Services are priced ten percent less than in the Northern California region and about equal to the Northern Virginia region, according to company officials.
Amazon seems to be passing cost savings on to its customers, realized by locating its data center along the Columbia River. Many companies including Microsoft, Yahoo, Dell and Facebook have built massive data centers in the region because of access to cheap hydroelectric power.
While the company has been reluctant to offer up any details about the exact locations of its data centers and will not confirm the location of its new Oregon facility, The Oregonian newspaper reported in October that Amazon had opened a 120,000-square-foot data center in Boardman, a town in central Oregon, located on the Columbia River.
While municipalities often compete fiercely for such data centers, by offering huge incentives to locate in their towns, the facilities are often controversial. That's because such data center facilities employ only a handful of people, can generate pollution and often have an impact on utility rates for individuals.