Yahoo has opened a new 180,000-square-foot data center in Nebraska to fuel its Web search and email operations. The company has also decided to make the Cornhuskers State home to a new sales and customer support call center.

The 180,000-square-foot, Omaha-area data center, which will employ about 50, is one of nine such facilities the company operates across the country. The data center is being built in phases and could eventually house as many as 100,000 servers.

In a blog on the company’s Web site, Yahoo executive vice president of engineering and operations, David Dibble, said the facility will help Yahoo with its next planned phase of growth.

“Yahoo serves billions of advertisements each day and services more than 600 million users from around the world each month,” he said. “This data center is just one of many we’re building that will streamline our efficiency, while helping the planet.”

Yahoo previously announced that it would build another data center in western New York state, where it would receive most of its power from hydroelectricity, generated by Niagara Falls.  That data center, a 190,000 square foot facility, is being constructed in Lockport, near Buffalo, NY.

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang popped into Nebraska for the official ribbon cutting of the Omaha facility. Along with the call center, Yahoo is expected to employ up to 200 people in the area.


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