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Amazon to Bring 12 More Data Centers to Ohio

November 14, 2017

Amazon Web Services confirmed it has plans to build an additional 12 data centers over its three Ohio campuses. AWS adds that it could go so far as to add further campuses in the area pending an agreement concerning electricity costs.

“The potential for investment in and development of additional Ohio data centers could support thousands of new jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of increased regional income and GDP in Ohio’s 21st Century knowledge economy,” said Charles Daitch, Manager of Energy Initiatives for Amazon, in the filing.

AWS invested over a billion dollars to build data center campuses in three Ohio locations – Dublin, Hilliard, and New Albany. Each campus is equipped to house up to four more centers with each one backed by 18 2.5 megawatt backup generators.

Amazon talked over its cloud infrastructure goals during a filing with Ohio regulators, linking the desire to expand with the necessity to reduce power prices. Amazon is actively seeking undisclosed discounts from Ohio utility American Electric Power (AEP) and attempting to secure energy from third parties or green electricity.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) also just revealed plans to add around 11 new data centers to Northern Virginia. That location already operates approximately 30 data centers, which support its U.S. East cloud computing operation. Most of AWS infrastructure is hosted in Virginia, Ohio, and Oregon, with Ohio as the main strategic locale, and host to the western sector of the U.S. East region. Having the specific placement of these centers allows easier distribution of content and streaming media to large markets, such as Chicago and Dallas.

There is also the continued large cloud infrastructure investment supporting the Central U.S. region, helping reach Americans with latency-sensitive online services. 

Edited by Erik Linask

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