New AWS Data Center Site Planned for Santa Clara • The Register

Amazon continues to expand its global data center footprint, this time with a proposed facility in the Golden State, to meet growing demand for its cloud computing services.

The latest shed for Amazon Web Services (AWS) will be near Gilroy, a city in California’s Santa Clara County, where the cloud giant is planning a site that will eventually include two data center buildings, each with a capacity of up to 49 MW of equipment. plus a security building and backup generator facilities.

These details are in a document [PDF] filed with the City of Gilroy, revealing that AWS plans to build the new site to meet the rising demand of a digital economy, Amazon’s customers and its continued growth.

When the go-ahead is given, the Gilroy Data Center (GDC) will be built in two phases, with the first phase to be commissioned in 2023. This includes the first single-storey data center building, an on-site substation, security building and a battery energy storage system.

If built, phase two would be another one-story data center building of similar size (approximately 218,000 square feet or 20,252 square meters). This is expected to be built within four to seven years of phase one, depending on customer demand.

The documents show that Amazon plans to use alternative backup generation technologies in the Phase 2 building to avoid the use of diesel generators.

“While such technologies are not yet capable of meeting the strict reliability requirements of the Phase II building, ADS [Amazon Data Services] understands that such technologies continue to evolve and expects that one or more advancements will become commercially available and could meet stringent reliability requirements by the time ADS completes its final design for the Phase II building,” the document reads.

The location of the proposed data center appears to be farmland near Gilroy that was purchased by Amazon in 2020 for a price of $31.3 million.

According to local media reports, the City of Gilroy is seeking quotes from outside consultants to determine the potential environmental impact of the new data center project before granting approval.

Amazon doesn’t just build data centers: Google will invest $9.5 billion this year in infrastructure projects for offices and data centers in the US.

Meanwhile, Amazon is expanding elsewhere, announcing last month that it plans to spend more than £1.8 billion ($2.36 billion) over the next two years to build and operate data centers in the UK.


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