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eBay Doubles Data Center Capacity in Utah
The South Jordan data center is one of three such centers that eBay uses to support its global operations. The others are in Phoenix, Ariz., and Las Vegas, Nev. The new building, which is connected to an existing building known as "phase one," will generate most of its own electricity to power the entire data center.
"It’s a first inside of Utah and setting an example for the rest of the country and the world," said Dean Nelson, vice president of foundation services for eBay, in a statement.
The data center, according to Nelson, is at the heart of eBay’s online operations and contains computer servers that process customers’ online transactions, not only for eBay’s marketplace but also for its other online companies, including PayPal (News - Alert) and event ticketing services such as StubHub.
As part of its efforts to improve energy efficiency in data centers, eBay is also powering the data center with Bloom energy cells that convert natural gas into electricity without combustion.
With this technology, the data center captures the waste heat of a nearby natural-gas compressor station, in a partnership with geothermal company Ormat.
This power plant will be operating in about 18 months.
In addition to the Bloom energy cells, the company is using other energy-efficient hardware from HP and Dell (News - Alert). With this, three quarters of the 8 megawatts of electricity needed to run the data center will be self-generated by eBay instead of from the local power utility.
eBay recently also opened a customer service center in nearby Draper, Utah, where it employs 1,800 people. The company employs another 60 workers at the data center.
Edited by Alisen Downey
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