SAS to build $70M data center, add jobs

Posted March 19, 2009

— SAS, the world’s largest privately held software company, is preparing to build a $70 million data facility at its headquarters campus.

The facility is intended to help SAS capitalize on the exploding global market for “cloud computing” services and its “On Demand” SAS solutions.

SAS said the center will also boost its own data infrastructure. The project will mean new jobs at SAS, but how many is not yet known.

“We’ll be adding jobs as the need for hosting solutions grows,” a company spokeswoman told “We can’t quantify a number right now.”

SAS estimates that the 38,000-square-foot project will create 1,000 construction jobs.

The data center and related cloud services will be an extension of SAS’ current IT unit and will not lead to the creation of a new business unit, the spokeswoman said.

“We already have a large data operation,” she said. “This is adding more capacity.”

Cloud computing enables customers to utilize multiple central servers for computation and services delivery, with access provided over the Internet.

“Through the new facility, SAS will offer our customers complex business solutions,” SAS said in a statement. “With SAS hosting and managing applications via the cloud computing facility, customers can quickly and cost-effectively solve business problems. Through the proven power and reliability of SAS, pharmaceutical companies can improve the development of new drugs, for example, while telecommunications companies can enhance marketing campaigns.”


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  • kbo80 Mar 20, 2009

    Oh this is great for Wake County and its people. I want to get on with them too. I hope they have some HR opportunities. I do not know why some of you are worried about how many jobs they are creating. The fact is that they are creating them and do not have any layoffs. You know some of you just have very unhappy lives and must complain about any and everything instead of being happy.

  • LuvLivingInCary Mar 19, 2009

    i guess they are sticking to building sas, rumor is that the umstead is hurting badly....

  • oldfirehorse Mar 19, 2009

    Thank you mom2many, well put. Any legitimate company takes the I9 very seriously. (I'm sure there are exceptions, as with anything.) It is amazing how so many news articles turn to racist generalizations and debates about immigration. There is certainly plenty to be debated on the topic, but how the spin takes off in that direction with so many seemingly unrelated articles is rather odd. I thought it was pretty much just a "good news" story in the business section. Go figure.

  • wrx44 Mar 19, 2009

    Happymom...I am of Italian descent...I am sure my ancestors faced issues due to organized crime or some other goomba stereotype...all groups face that at one time or the other.

    Hispanics face it now due to the sheer number who have flooded this country illegally...way more than any Ellis Island immigration of the past.

    That is why there is backlash....right or wrong. If we would have controlled our borders...a lot of that could have been avoided.

  • 8675309-9 Mar 19, 2009

    awesome to hear they have the $$ to do this, yet they cant pay simple invoices that are less than $100,000 each for various services they have used.

    tisk tisk your bills!

  • speedy Mar 19, 2009

    That's 1000 construction jobs if staffed at UNION required levels. Actually, 6 guys with a backhoe and a pickup could do it.

  • 37 Mar 19, 2009

    1,000 jobs? How? To put that into perspective, 38K/sq ft is about the size of an average Food Lion. 1,000 people is a massive exaggeration, but I'm glad they are adding space regardless.

  • happymom Mar 19, 2009

    "Again...let's deal in reality. Not exceptions.

    I don't think you fully appreciated my point. The discrimination IS a reality for people with brown skin that are here legally. The point is that ASSumptions actually hurt live human beings. It is a reality that my brother gets called names, that he is shunned by some people, and that my whole family has been hurt by watching how people treat him.

    Assumptions and blanket statements have impacts that go beyond just words. They cut deeply.

  • mom2many Mar 19, 2009

    I work for a General Contractor who is working on the IBM Data Center and I can tell you that we have only 3 Hispanics working for us and all of them have a work visa or are US citizens. Our company does a check on ALL employees before they are hired, no matter what color their skin. We also pay everyone equally. I don't know who is getting this cheap labor, but it certainly is not the construction industry. I write the checks so I can tell you that no one at our company works cheaply. I think there's a lot of misconceptions out there that people need to verify before they start throwing those "stones"!

  • whatelseisnew Mar 19, 2009

    So long as the attitude of our Federal Government is to tax the pants off of companies the migration of jobs to other countries will continue. The labor costs is just one factor in the equation. Add in the tax burden, the regulatory burden, and the nonsense law suits there are many valid reasons for multi-national corps to eliminate workforce here and add it in more lucrative places.