March 21, 2017

Amazon to open new data center near Hermiston

The plan will take shape once the project is approved by the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners

This week, Amazon has reportedly proposed to build a new data center complex in the west of Hermiston, USA.

As reported by the East Oregonian, Amazon has recently purchased about 120 acres of land between Westland and Cottonwood Bend roads, adjacent to the Hermiston Generating Plant.

They also reported that Amazon has been doing business through a holding company called Vadata which has continued to expand at the Port of Umatilla and Port of Morrow industrial parks along the Columbia River. These buildings, they claim, are home to racks of computer servers that host everything from email to streaming movies and Internet shopping.

Jim Footh, Real Estate Development Manager, Vadata said:

The company needs to build multiple data center campuses to provide backup in case one of the buildings goes down.

We cannot create that redundancy and risk aversion by developing a single, super-size data center campus.

Rather, to achieve redundancy and risk aversion, our campuses must be located a few miles apart.

Before the Westland data centers can become a reality, the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners must approve rezoning the property from exclusive farm use to light industrial. The county planning commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 23 to discuss the request.

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