Eye on Oracle

May 21 2008   9:35AM GMT

Data center or home for aliens?

Shayna Garlick Shayna Garlick Profile: Shayna Garlick

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?

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  • Henry Bohte
    I agree there is a trend towards remote hosting of services particularly data. This would I think be something like the server farms Google operates but with more potential capacity where data could be either backed up or primarily hosted. They could experiment with several options both in terms of software, hardware and data communications trying to get a product that could be either sold to other potential hosts of such a service or Oracle could enter this field itself. If the first option they could concentrate primarily on a marketable software. Firms like EDS have pioneered this approach and long term there could very well be a growing trend away from in house data management towards centralized virtual databases. Particularly if they have reliable off the shelf software to run these data hosting and management centers with?
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  • OT
    If you knew more about Larry you'd know that after 3 wives it's not like he would want any more!
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  • Larry
    What a good start to Evolution.May be Darwin was somehow righ. I do believe this would be the gateway to another realm of Oracle's vision in consolidating the best minds at the best place at the best of times. But where is the source coming from . We should just ask larry and find out. That's easy. Just give him a phone call when he's less buzyyyyyyyyy.... HELLO LARRY WHAT'S THAT FOR ? REPLY ???
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