Google collects data from just about every product that Google has, including Android. In fact, Android is likely the second biggest product that collects data behind search. Google also has a ton of products that need data to work, and thus Google has loads of data centers throughout the US and elsewhere in the world. The company’s newest data center is set for Clarksville, Tennessee, where they are taking over the former Hemlock semiconductor facilities. Hemlock was originally supposed to bring in 500 jobs, but unfortunately Hemlock was forced to close its doors before even opening them.
This new data center hasn’t been formally announced, but “people familiar with the situation” have said that the search giant is meeting with the Montgomery County Commission while the Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development board are set to vote on this deal for the land on Monday. Google would then be able to sign a formal purchase agreement on Tuesday. Currently the Industrial Development Board holds the title to the property that Google is looking to purchase.
The land here that is going to be used for Google’s new data center will see the search giant investing over $500 million, and creating 70 full time jobs in the Clarksville area. Google recently began bringing Google Fiber on into Tennessee into the Nashville area. With their Gigabit internet service and TV service, being available in a handful of markets. This is a pretty big deal. This data center is going to be Google’s 15th in the country. Data centers are important to Google, as it houses information used and accessed by users. So as more and more people start using Google’s products, the more room they are going to need. While this data center is only expected to have 70 full-time jobs at first, that number is expected to grow in the next few years.
It could take up to 3 years before this data center is functional, seeing as it can take up to a year to get plans in place another two years to get the construction finished up. So this won’t have an immediate impact on the Clarksville area, but it will in the next 5 years or so.