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Yahoo to Invest $500 Million in Data Centre Expansions

According to a report on Friday by Data Center Knowledge, Yahoo are planning to invest $500 million in expanding its data centre infrastructure.

The building will commence in 2012 and includes plans for the existing data centres in Buffalo, Omaha and Washington State as well as new facilities in Switzerland and Singapore.

The head of data centre operations at Yahoo, Scott Noteboom, said "We are in essence rewiring the entire infrastructure of Yahoo. We've gained approval to invest half a billion dollars to build new data centres. We'll be migrating the entire footprint of Yahoo to these more efficient facilities."

The report states that Yahoo released its Computing Coop last year. This is a design that uses factory-built components and depends on fresh air rather than mechanical cooling.

Yahoo opened a new facility in New York last September. The 155,000 square foot data centre was the first to implement the Computing Coop. The power usage effectiveness is 1.08, lower than the industry average of 1.92.

Building of the Switzerland data centre began in October and the facility is expected to have the same low PUE rating as the one in New York. It will be the first time Yahoo has implemented Computing Coop in a retrofit of an existing building.

Noteboom says Yahoo can build new data centre space for less than $5 million per megawatt of electric power. This amounts to an extra 100 megawatts of capacity to the company's existing data centre footprint with this next phase of expansion.

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