Vauhini Vara asked a tough question in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal Business Technology blog: What’s in Oracle’s mystery “facility” in Utah?
The mystery facility in question is a new “Global Information Technology facility” that Oracle recently announced it would be building in West Jordan, Utah. The 200,000 square foot building is expected to have about 100 employees, whose wages will be well above the Salt Lake County average.
So that they could “do a favor for prospective job applicants looking for more information,” the WSJ attempted to inquire about the specifics of the facility. More specifically, they asked, what exactly is it?
While almost all signs point to the facility being a data center–including being cited as such in numerous other articles— the Oracle spokeswoman in question declined to confirm this, Vara says.
Of course, this now leaves the answer up to the imagination, as seen by the extraterrestrial staring down those who read the WSJ blog entry. Here is one reader response when asked for speculation about what is planned for this “facility:”
“It could be the world’s largest testing tank for an America’s Cup yacht, crewed by a select group of sister-wives; the real secret is the use of extraterrestrial technology to be able to harness the solar wind as an aid to propulsion.”
That’s a good guess–but can you come up with anything better?