GE has revealed it’s new “green” data center, which is located on the same site where the world’s first commercial computer was installed in 1954. The data center was constructed by GE’s internal IT department at GE Appliances & Lighting in Louisville, Kentucky. While more and more companies are pursuing outsourcing their IT services, GE is taking an opposing view and concentrating it in-house.
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GE thumbs its nose at outsourcing, builds world-class data center
At a time when more and more companies are rethinking IT and considering how much of their data center they can outsource to the cloud, General Electric is going 180 degrees in the opposite direction. On Thursday, GE unveiled its new state-of-the-art “green” data center on the same site in where the world’s first commercial computer was deployed in 1954.
The new data center was conceived and architected by GE’s internal IT department (along with a few strategic partners) at GE Appliances & Lighting in Louisville, Kentucky. The data center itself is located within the massive complex known as “GE Appliance Park.” Interestingly enough, the site has a distinguished history for IT innovation. In 1954, the Louisville GE complex became home to the first UNIVAC computer that was deployed in a private business. Before that UNIVAC at GE in Louisville, all computers had been part of government projects. That first UNIVAC was used to run a single business application: employee payroll.
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