Oracle has resumed construction on a $300 million data center in the Salt Lake City area, after unexpectedly halting construction on the project a year ago.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that construction crews were back on the site last week and work was progressing on the 240,000-square foot facility. A spokeswoman confirmed work has resumed.

Oracle first announced plans to build the facility in 2008 as part of a push to support its on-demand software plans. The company was successful in winning a $15 million incentive package from the state to build the data center in Utah, but suspended work on the project in March of 2009 without providing an explanation, the Tribune reported.

The halt in construction happened about the same time Oracle made its bid to acquire Sun Microsystems, which may have caused the company to pause to evaluate its data center needs.

The resumption of construction could be a sign that Oracle is ready to begin ramping up its on-demand software plans, with the long-awaited launch of Fusion Applications later this year. The company has previously stated that Oracle Fusion Applications are currently being vetted by close to 1,000 customers. They cover seven Oracle product families: Customer Relationship Management; Financials; Governance Risk and Compliance; Human Capital Management; Procurement; Project Portfolio Management; and Supply Chain Management.

 The data center was originally scheduled to open in 2010 and employ about 100 people.





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