eBay Builds State-of-the-art Green Data Center in Utah
Online auction site eBay is building a $334 million state-of-the-art, environmentally responsible data center in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, Utah.
eBay says this data center will showcase the best and most innovative thinking in green data center design, technology, construction and operation. Triple Pundit asked Mazen Rawashdeh, VP Technology Operations, eBay Inc., to fill us in on all the details.
Triple Pundit: Does this new data center represent new capacity, or will it consolidate other eBay data centers?
Mazen Rawashdeh: The new center is being opened as part of a corporate-level, four-year data center consolidation strategy that is moving us from a handful of co-located data center facilities — largely space that we rent from data center providers — to space that we own and can manage to the highest standards in both cost and environmental efficiency. In short, it’s a consolidation strategy. Our business model is unique; we know the rhythms and availability requirements that are specific to eBay’s platform. By designing an environment for our data and compute power — both in terms of physical data center, hardware and software infrastructure that goes into it — we can innovate and manage it in the most efficient way possible. The facility in Utah will host the core technology that runs our business — including the eBay.com marketplace, PayPal and some of our adjacencies, including StubHub.com and Shopping.com.