Google Buys Another 1,000 Acres

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What will Google do with 1,000 acres?  Well, the company’s not saying.  But it has purchased that much land in Iowa, and it’s not likely to let the lot sit idle.

In Council Bluffs, a server farm is already in the works, and is expected to be finished in 2009, according to the Omaha World-Herald.  It’s based on 55 acres.  The 1,000-acre lot is located nearby, and, as you probably noticed, is much, much bigger.


Omaha World Herald
“Google spokeswoman Sunny Gettinger said it will take more than a year to prepare the land,” reports Tom Shaw.  “She said the work is being done now ‘in order to shorten the timeline for possible future deployments.’”

More servers, some sort of research center . . . whatever happens to the site, it’s sure to be impressive – America’s smallest county is only about eight times larger.  Look for the development to bring lots of Google’s dollars to the area.

Yet Google’s operations outside of major cities tend to go largely unmanned, so, historically speaking, we’d expect to see more machines than people when all is said and done.  Filling 1,000 acres with employees would also go against Eric Schmidt’s supposed hiring slowdown.





Google Buys Another 1,000 Acres
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