GM to build data center to serve as IT hub

Summary:General Motors said it will spend $130 million to build a data center designed to monitor the company's cloud services and run simulations for future designs.

General Motors said it will spend $130 million to build a data center designed to monitor the company's cloud services and run simulations for future designs.

The investment illustrates how automakers are increasingly becoming technology and service providers.

GM said that the design is underway and the facility will be complete in 2015. Among the key points:

  • The data center will consolidate GM's IT infrastructure;
  • It will cut energy use by 40 percent and will qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) certification.
  • The data center will be a hub that monitors GM's digital applications.
  • A modular design will allow for expansions for simulations.

Vendors weren't disclosed, but we'll follow up with the company.

Topics: Storage, Data Centers, Hardware

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