Quincy, WA is the location of several giant data center facilities from industry titans such as Microsoft, Intuit, Vantage Data Centers, Yahoo!, Sabey, and Dell. There is around 2,308,000 sq. ft. of data center facility space (including current projects and additional phase build-outs). Not bad for an area predominantly known for it’s U.S. leading potato farming.
Cheap Renewable Energy
The main benefit of having a data center located in Quincy, Washington State is the abundant renewable power (around 2,000 MW worth) from Wanapum and Priest Rapids dams operated by the Grant County PUD. The Commercial power costs are around $0.025 per KW/h, which is significantly lower than Rocky Mountain Power’s $0.0626 per KW/h “that are among the nation’s lowest”. Sabey lists their cost per KW/h at $0.225 and it is reported that Microsoft is getting their power for $0.019 per kW/h.
Connectivity to Quincy, WA is provided by wholesale dark fiber providers NoaNet and Grant County PUD. Zayo, Level3, Verizon and Frontier have purchased capacity from the wholesale providers in order to offer their services to the data center facilities.
Microsoft Quincy Data Center
Microsoft’s Quincy data center is a beast, with an 800,000 sq. ft. facility to provide the infrastructure for their cloud services. Split into two phases, phase one was a 500,000 sq. ft. facility, and phase two was a 300,000 sq. ft. modular design that allowed Microsoft to “substantially lower cost per megawatt to build and run our datacenters while significantly reducing time to market.” This facility is powered 100% by renewable hydroelectric power.
Intuit Quincy Data Center
In August of 2009, Intuit opened its 240,000 sq. ft. Quincy data center facility. “Intuit’s new building is the California software company’s primary data site for its main products such as QuickBooks and TurboTax, said Bruce Eisele, the company’s production operations manager.” Intuit consolidated its footprint in 27 data center facilities into this Quincy facility. Intuit uses goats to help with weed control on their 63 acre Quincy campus.
Vantage Data Centers
Vantage Data Centers has a 133,000 sq. ft. data center facility under construction, the first phase, which is also 100% pre-leased. Their second phase is slated to add 235,000 sq. ft. of data center space.
Yahoo! Data Center
Yahoo! developed a high-efficiency data center, which looks more like a chicken-coop, when they entered the Quincy data center market. Yahoo! had their ribbon cutting ceremony in December 2007, complete with politicians, company big-wigs and others involved in the data center build. They even had their official yodeler christen the facility – the same yodeler behind their catchy commercials from their early days.
Sabey’s Intergate.Quincy data center complex will span some 520,000 sq. ft. of data center space. Sabey has documented their Quincy build-out progress with a flickr photostream. Sabey will be building in some 48MW of power, which is a lot of power, but at the incredibly low price of $0.0225 KW/h.
Dell is building on 80 acres of land in Quincy, with the first phase of just 40,000 sq. ft. that will include a rotary heat exchanger to use outside air to improve cooling efficiency. Fully built-out, the Dell campus would include 325,000 of data center space.