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Data Centers

With virtualization and cloud computing changing the IT industry landscape, companies are looking to optimize their data storage needs, and Alabama has already become a central conduit for this burgeoning network of business.

Alabama has had no trouble processing the future of information technology. Once merely a facet of the industry, data centers today represent nearly 25,000 jobs in Alabama. The groundwork was laid in 2012 by the Data Processing Center Economic Incentive Act, which offers tax abatements for companies with data centers looking to get plugged into Alabama.

Since then, Google has announced plans to erect a $600 million data center in Jackson County, its 14th center internationally. Social media giant Facebook has opened a data center complex with an investment topping $1 billion in Huntsville. Meanwhile, Atlanta-based DC BLOX is developing a data center operation in Birmingham that could involve an investment of $785 million, and AUBix has opened a data center in Auburn to act as a high-tech catalyst for the region.

Alabama has six universities that offer degrees in computer science, software engineering, wireless engineering, information engineering, computer forensics, and security management.

Quick Facts

  • Google is building a $600 million data center in Jackson County
  • Facebook has invested over $1 billion in its data center in Huntsville
  • AUBix has opened a multi-tenant data center in Auburn
  • Six universities offer degrees in related fields
  • Higher data center job growth rate than neighboring states
  • Six sites designated as Primary Data Center Sites by TVA

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