by Mike Rogoway
Google is contemplating a major expansion in The Dalles, where the company opened Oregon's first big corporate data center in 2006. "We're getting our ducks in a row so that, should we decide to expand, we can move quickly," wrote Kate Hurowitz, a Google spokeswoman in California, in an e-mail this morning.
The company hasn't filed for a building permit yet, but has space to add as many as two more large data centers on 37 acres it owns along the Columbia River at the Port of The Dalles.
The Dalles Chronicle first reported last week that Google was thinking about expansion.
Data centers are big business in Oregon and around the country, as major corporations and everyday people store more e-mail, songs, photos and other digital information online. Google offers many online products, including Gmail to Google Plus, and all require extensive storage space.
All that information lives in large server farms like the two, 94,000-square-foot data centers that Google built in The Dalles. They're packed with thousands and thousands of computers, storing and processing information from around the world.
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