Here is another article show casing my curiosity on Data Center site location. Netriplex has Data Centers in major cities all over the U.S. and even Canada and Paris. Citing a need for locating to a city that wasn't on the top 25 terrorist targets, Netriplex "announced plans to move its international network operation center from Boston into a 10,000-square-foot space at Biltmore Park this fall. "
Other reasons that Asheville, NC was selected was a high quality of life and the massive fiber-0ptic network of the Education and Research Consortium. While some of their top managers are relocating, they expect to hire technical staff locally.
So once again, the big city is bypassed for site selection, and a connectivity and quality people are cited as top reasons for selection. Not being a terrorist target in a big city is clearly a good reason for not setting up shop there. However, I still wonder if they researched the natural disasters, possible brown outs and cost of power in Asheville.