Thursday, November 23, 2017

Google eyes 1,200-acre data centre campus next to Apple, Tesla and Switch Supernap

Rumours also emerge on potential partnership with Tesla due to physical proximity as race to develop autonomous cars heats up.

Google has purchased a 1,210-acre piece-of-land in Reno, Nevada, with plans to build a data centre, according to documents filed in Storey County.

The $29.1m acquired land is located in the 107,000-acre Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, home to Tesla’s Gigafactory, Switch Supernap’s 7.2 million sqf data centre campus, Ebay and Commscope.

Also located close by is the Reno Technology Park, home to Apple’s Reno data centre which is set to go under further expansion in a project codenamed “Isabel”.

Back at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, Google has, however, not officially announced a new data centre in the region. People familiar with the matter told the WSJ the company has no immediate plans to start building on the land.

As the news surrounding the land purchase broke, rumours emerged that the proximity with Tesla’s $5bn factory could spark a partnership between the two companies as both Tesla and Google race to develop autonomous cars.

Further rumours suggested that in addition to the data centre, Google could build a testing track for parent company Alphabet’s autonomous vehicle arm Waymo.

Such has been refuted by a Google representative, who confirmed the company’s involvement in the transaction and its goal of building a data centre park.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said: “Google is an internationally recognised and respected brand and one of the premier technology companies on the planet.

“Nevada is rapidly becoming a technology and innovation hub by attracting exciting new startups and some of the world’s best names.

“I am excited by the prospects that come with this size of purchase from this type of company.

“As with all businesses, the state stands ready as a willing and friendly partner in the development of this site.”