Introducing our expanded data center site in Quincy, Washington
By Mike Coleman, VP of Infrastructure as a Service
At Oath, we build for scale. Our data centers house hundreds of thousands of physical and virtual compute resources globally, connected via a multi-terabit network backbone. For the past decade, our Washington State data center campus has been proud to call the Quincy area home. Today, we celebrate our 10-year anniversary in Quincy with the grand opening of our expanded data center and our new office to house our talented team.
Oath's data centers in the U.S. and around the world fuel the technology that powers our dynamic house of brands. This additional server capacity will provide our one billion global users the fastest, most reliable experiences from the Oath brands they love, including Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, HuffPost, AOL, TechCrunch, Engadget, and more. Our goal is to reach a community of 2 billion people by 2020 by building content and products that inspire, entertain, and inform the world. This expansion is part of our effort to build the infrastructure we need to support that growth.
Why We Chose Quincy
Quincy is one of Oath's four owned and operated data center campuses in the United States, and a center of technical excellence for the company. One of the key factors that we evaluated as we considered our expansion was the availability of dependable power in the area. We and other tech companies have identified Grant County as a great place to build for a number of reasons including the local talent, the engaged community, and the accessibility of renewable resources.
Our Commitment to the Local Community and Sustainability
We're proud of the strong relationship we've developed with the local community — not just by helping improve the economy, but also through our charitable contributions and volunteer initiatives. Our engineers are invested members of the community and that is why we look forward to continuing our strong partnerships with many of Grant County's businesses and organizations.
We're also extremely proud of our data centers' sustainability. Year over year, our carbon emissions have continued to decrease. We strategically picked Quincy with the ability to expand our presence there in order to leverage renewable resources and diminish reliance on fossil fuels. We use the naturally cool climate of this region to help cool our expanded site, which is mostly powered by hydropower.
We also leverage our proprietary Yahoo Computing Coop (YCC) data center design — also known as our "chicken coop" — which features a Power Utilization Effectiveness score of 1.1, one of the lowest in the industry. Our YCC is a world class, resource-efficient, green data center design that uses significantly less energy and water than a conventional data center. The unique shape of the building and the use of outside air-cooling for approximately 98% of the year eliminates the need for expensive and energy-intensive chillers to keep the servers cool. All our efforts allow us to provide the speed and reliability that our users expect in a sustainable and energy-efficient way.
As we celebrate our 10th year in Quincy, WA, we remain committed to the community as we grow and build on our rich foundation of technical innovation from Yahoo and AOL, and we break new ground with Verizon.