In the face of IBM breaking ground for a 6,000 square foot, energy-efficient data centre near Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, valued at $12.4 million, a new data centre was announced by IBM’s competitors.
Reports from industry insiders bring news that Cisco, MIT, the University of Massachusetts, and EMC are considering partnering to build a data centre in Holyoke, Massachusetts costing about $100 million.
The Holyoke data centre will be green friendly, which is one reason to choose Holyoke as the building’s location, and Holyoke also has plenty of hydroelectric power available for a high-performance data centre.
The main partners in the new data centre will be the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts but will include additional support from EMC and Cisco Systems.
Currently, the latter two companies have only agreed to offer partnership in the 120 day planning and development process of the data centre.
Additional plans are expected to be released later in the week by the companies and universities involved, as well as by the state.
Industry analysts suggest that since the data centre is capable of offering infrastructure support to high tech industries, it may help attract high profile companies such as Google to place investments in the area.
This would boost the Massachusetts economy significantly, a location that is well regarded for technology advancement and education.
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