Five new AWS data centres cost billions


US data centre expansions in the horizon for AWS

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Cloud computing giant AWS plans to invest about $12 billion in the Morrow County area near Portland, Oregon to build five new data centres for its cloud computing services.

The cloud hosting subsidiary of the IT giant stated that the investment would more than treble the scale of its operations in the relatively rural area.


Morrow County, which has a population of under 12,000 people, is expected to see an increase in tax revenue and the creation of hundreds of new jobs as a consequence of the agreement, according to Amazon.

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According to Amazon, the relocation would result in the creation of 600 new tech positions with an average salary of $75,000 in the area.

An average of $2.37 billion will be spent on each data centre, with a further $280 million allocated for the purchase of land and construction.


Each of the 20,000-square-meter data centre buildings will be single-story.

To begin building in Q3 of 2026, and to begin employing in Q4 of 2026, according to the papers

With this recent announcement, Amazon continues to make substantial investments in Morrow County, where it currently has four data centres along the Columbia River.


According to the local daily Oregon Live, Amazon has already obtained tax rebates of about $161 million over the last five years.

The announcement comes at a time when Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been making considerable investments in the United Kingdom.

AWS has announced that it plans to invest more than £1.8 billion in UK-related development over the next two years, more than doubling its current total commitment.


The expenditures are being made at a time when cloud backup is expected to be in high demand among businesses.

It has been anticipated that public cloud expenditure would climb by 20.4 percent in 2022 to $494.7 billion, up from $410.9 in 2021.


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