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Old McDonald Had a Server Farm

Old McDonald Had a Server Farm

The Cloud Is Sucking Up Power in the Pacific Northwest

Facebook's Prineville, Oregon facility. (Photo: flickr.com/intelfreepress)

What with all the reduction in paper, it’s easy to think of the cloud as wholly virtual, naught but an abstraction. That might be true as far as your desk goes, but all the bytes that comprise your Facebook photos and Google Docs are stored somewhere: in massive data centers, many of them scattered across the Northwest thanks to cheap power prices and lighter taxes.

However, locals are starting to worry that, as more of these server farms come online, this cottage industry will start monkeying with power prices. And it’s no wonder they’re concerned. The Oregonian reports: Read More