Advanced Micro Devices' massive transition to a more consolidated data center presence continues as the company looks to save money while creating a more efficient and modern data center that showcases the company's technology.
AMD initiated the project in 2012 with the announcement that it would be consolidating all of its data centers in North America into a single 153,000-square-foot facility in suburban Atlanta. As a result, previous AMD data centers in locations like Austin, Texas; Sunnyvale, California; and Ontario Canada would be shut down and the operations moved to the new location in Suwanee, Georgia, with a target completion date for the aggressive data center project of mid 2015.
The first AMD location, in Austin, has already been sold and is now saving the company roughly $8.5 million a year as a result of lower power costs and more substantial tax breaks associated with the Georgia location.
The Suwanee data center, which is being built in a modular fashion, has room for up to 10 data halls, and includes a complex building management system that enables administrators to keep track of all the operations in the facility, from the health of the servers to the amount of power being used. AMD currently employs 21 people to keep the data center up and running.