Google Delays Opening Of Oklahoma Server Farm

    October 30, 2008

Never mind vampires and zombies.  Here’s something even scarier: Google, the search giant with a market cap of $113 billion, might be applying the brakes in a big way due to our country’s financial situation.  The activation of a data center in Oklahoma is now supposed to take place sometime in 2010 instead of early next year.

The activation will be paired with the creation of about 100 jobs, so this delay should save Google a noticeable amount of dough.  However, Google already owns the 800 acres of land in Pryor, Oklahoma, and data centers aren’t really perks, so the move might indicate that Google’s going on a pretty serious cost-cutting spree.

Sanders Mitchell, the Mid-America Industrial Park’s administrator, told Tulsa World, "Google will activate and staff the server farm when the economy improves."  Also, "The company at that time will revisit plans to construct a second building that would employ an additional 100 people."

But we’re not necessarily at an official-end-of-expansion moment.  A Google spokesperson explained to Data Center Knowledge, "[W]e’ve invested heavily in capacity to ensure we can meet existing as well as future demand.  This means there is no need to make all our data centers operational from day one. . . .  Google remains committed to and excited about operating this facility in Mayes County."

Believe whichever side you want, and please accept our apologies if we’ve spoiled Halloween.