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According to the Associated Press, General Motors Co. may build a $258 million data center in Oakland County’s Milford Township, Michigan, with construction beginning as early as next month. GM is currently seeking tax abatements for the 100,000 square foot data center, according to DataCenterKnowledge.com. The building will include utility space, office, dock areas and an equipment yard.
DataCenterKnowledge.com also reports that the data center is one of the two in Michigan remaining from GM’s major IT consolidation that resulted in trimming 23 worldwide data centers. The trend in streamlining IT can be seen on a larger scale in the U.S. government’s operations as well. In August 2011, I wrote about the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy that aimed to revamp old IT infrastructure design with the goal of consolidating and reducing nearly 2,100 data centers by 40 percent by 2015. That goal was to realize the estimated $5 billion in yearly savings with the help of cloud computing.
Online Tech’s Mid-Michigan data center was originally built by EDS as General Motor’s disaster recovery data center, and we’ve invested significantly to upgrade and achieve the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR efficiency standards, putting us in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. We’re also planning to invest another $1 million into the data center located in Flint, Michigan by the end of 2013.
The state of Michigan’s CIO, David Behan, recently delivered a speech on Reinventing Michigan Through IT, and gave the state glowing reviews for its ideal location for data centers. The state government is also seeking an overhaul of its current aging IT infrastructure, comprised of 400 legacy systems more than a decade old. They also have three 30-year-old Michigan data centers, and are seeking colocation and leasing space with other Michigan companies.
Why is Michigan a great place for disaster recovery, data centers and colocation? Located in a disaster-free zone, the Midwest offers a secure and naturally cool climate to house servers that need to be online and always available. Read more about the advantages of Michigan data centers.
Southeastern Michigan: The Next Silicon Valley?
Over the past few years, we have heard quiet rumblings of how Michigan’s southeastern region is becoming one of the nation’s largest technology hubs and outpacing other technology hubs like Silicon Valley. In fact, a report recently released by Automation … Continue reading →
Michigan CIO David Behen: Michigan is the Ideal Place for Data Centers
Last Thursday, Online Tech attended the State of Michigan’s CIO David Behen’s speech at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), co-sponsored by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the Detroit Metropolitcan Chapter, EMU Political Science Dept. and the EMU Foundation. Behen’s … Continue reading →
Michigan Colocation: Where Should You Host Your Data?
IBM estimates that 2,500,000,000,000,000,000 (2.5 quintillion) bytes of data are being created every day. Gone are the days when data can simply be stored on desktops. With people sending 144.8 billion emails sent per day, organizations and individuals creating 571 … Continue reading →
High Density of Data Centers Correlate with Disaster Zones; Michigan Provides Safe Haven
Gigaom.com reports that the greatest amount of data centers are located, most inconveniently, in states that have also experienced the greatest number of FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) disaster declarations. Coincidence? Not really – data centers can be found closer … Continue reading →