Despite its commitment to being the anchor tenant at the Switch SuperNAP data center facility being built in Reno, eBay is considering building its own $230 million data center within the same switch campus. This buildout would continue eBay's ongoing policy of both wholly-owned and leased data center space, but would mark the first time such construction was done effectively adjacent to each other.
Switch would be the primary contractor for building out the data center for eBay, effectively placing a powered shell at the location of eBay's choice. eBay would then fill the structure with the equipment of its choosing. No information was made available as to any other Switch involvement in the facility beyond construction.
In addition to the investment in Reno eBay has discussed plans to spend an additional $182 million to expand its current data center operations in Las Vegas, where it's currently one of the largest tenants of the Switch Las Vegas facility. The two projects will create some 50 jobs and qualify for tax incentives from Nevada to the tune of $30 million. The projects were announced by Dean Nelson, eBay's vice president of global foundation service at an event held by Edawn, the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada on December 15.