Oracle mysteriously halts work on green data center

The move could be tied to its pending acquisition of Sun Microsystems

Oracle recently halted work on a green data center project in a suburb of Salt Lake City, but it is not clear why.

The data center in West Jordan, which is supposed to support Oracle's on-demand division, was announced last year under the name "Project Sequoia."

Various reports have placed the center's size at 200,000 square feet, with a construction budget of about US$300 million.

The project was to make major advancements in power savings, according to a presentation by Oracle CIO Mark Sunday at last year's LinuxWorld conference.

But for now, that vision won't be realized.

"They've said they are going to postpone construction," said Michael Sullivan, communications director for the Governor's Office of Economic Development.

Utah expects that Oracle will resume the project, but the vendor hasn't stated a time frame, Sullivan added.

Oracle stands to enjoy millions in state and local incentives, but under Utah's regulations, it won't receive anything until the project is completed, according to Sullivan.

Sullivan declined to speculate on the reasons behind Oracle's decision.

One possible clue is tied to the vendor's pending acquisition of Sun Microsystems, which recently opened an advanced data center in the neighboring state of Colorado.

Oracle did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Oracledata centresenergy efficiencygreen ITSun Mircosystems

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Kanaracus

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?