The New Home of eBay

It’s a datacenter unlike any you have ever seen or imagined!

Online officially as of May 4, 2010 – code named Project Topaz and with a price tag of $287 million this place is awesome.

Sitting just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah this datacenter is as picturesque as it is powerful. Online today is Phase One, which is a 240,000 square foot two story building with three, 20,000 square foot rooms to house IT equipment. These three rooms deliver 7.2 Megawats of total server load. Room one is for eBay Marketplace, room two is for PayPal and Room three is planned for further consolidation work to support the overall TCO and consolidation strategy of the company.

Room One: eBay Marketplace

There is a dedicated power substation capable of delivering up to 30 Megawatts of total power. When fully built out according to the master plan, the 60 acre site will contain four of these phases.

Why all this compute power? Well when you think about it, the core business of eBay will reside in this datacenter…, literally the world’s largest online marketplace with over 90 million buyers and sellers in 32 countries. What will also reside here is which is one of the leading ways to pay online with 81 million registered accounts available in 190 markets and 24 currencies. In other words, this place ain’t no joke !!

Some interesting factoids about the facility:

  • Over 1.2 million man hours worked with no loss time due to injury
  • 30 Megawatt power substation
  • 60,000 sq. ft. of usable IT space
  • 57 miles of underground electrical conduit
  • 2 million pounds of copper for underground critical power
  • 295 miles of copper cable network
  • Over 33 miles of fiber optic cable
  • 2006 tons of steel

For those wanting to know more of the technical specifics of datacenter you can read those at the very informative post here on I wanted to write about this for the fact that I, outside of my HicksNewMedia activities, also work in the datacenter, managed server hosting industry and find this stuff utterly fascinating.

[summarized from Datacenter Pulse]

James Hicks
James is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of HicksNewMedia, a Digital Publishing and Technology Consulting team providing effective and relevant solutions to individuals and businesses looking to more effective utilize the social interweb. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

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