Servers As High As An Elephant's Eye — As Web-based computing surges, massive "server farms" are springing up — Ever since the Grand Coulee Dam turned the surrounding high desert into prime farmland in the 1950s, the central Washington town of Quincy has been known, to the extent it was known at all, for its potatoes. But earlier this year, Quincy became the latest hot spot on the Internet.
In a matter of weeks both Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO ) and Microsoft (MSFT ) Corp. announced they would build huge new Internet data centers in the area. These are the facilities that house vast "server farms" comprising computers and other gear to handle the flow of traffic on the Net. |