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June 5, 2013

GM to Invest $258 Million in Second Metro Detroit Data Center

By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

Less than one year after announcing a plan to transform its global Information Technology (IT) department and just days after celebrating the grand opening of the Warren Enterprise Data Center, General Motors Co. broke ground on Friday, May 24, on its second supercomputing facility in Metro Detroit. Together, the two locations will replace a network of 23 data centers operated by GM, as well as three information technology suppliers from around the world. They will add to the company’s existing data centers in Austin, TX, Roswell, GA, and Chandler, AZ.

As reported by MLive.com, GM is investing $546 million on equipment and infrastructure for its two Metro Detroit facilities, which will oversee the company’s IT operations globally while paving the way for a smarter and faster work environment.

“Having a single nerve center for our global operations will get newer vehicle designs and technologies into our customers’ hands quicker and improve the bottom line,” said GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson in a press statement.

Located at the GM Milford Proving Ground, the new state-of-the-art data center is expected to open in July 2014. GM will spend $100 million in infrastructure for the Milford facility and another $158 million will be invested in IT equipment. The Detroit News reported that the Milford Township approved $3.2 million in tax exemptions for GM’s newest data center.

The Warren Data Center took over three years to complete and required a $130 million investment. With more than 700 employees already working at the site with a focus on innovation and support, the data center was inspired by tech giants such as Google and Facebook, which have developed similar supercomputing facilities. It has 48 workstations and a 955-square-foot video wall that enables workers to hook up their laptops and share their work with other employees.

The Warren facility could house up to 1,500 employees; according to a recent press release, GM plans to hire around 7,500 new information technology workers over the next five years and will stop using outsourcing this function.

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Warren Data Center image via GM
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