CARY, NC-Business analytics software and service firm SAS has plans to build a 38,000-square-foot cloud computing facility on its world headquarters campus at 100 SAS Campus Drive. The firm, which employs more than 1,400 employees locally, will use the building to provide data-handling capacity as it expands its OnDemand solutions software. Jobs are expected to be created, but the number of jobs will depend on demand for the firm’s hosted software solutions, says SAS spokesperson Beverly Brown.

“This project is proof that despite the down economy, SAS continues to grow and innovate,” said Jim Goodnight, CEO of SAS, in a release. “The growing demand by our customers for hosted solutions has given us this opportunity to invest even further in North Carolina and the Cary community.”

The $70-million structure will be built to the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards for water and energy conservation. SAS indicates that 60% of the project’s construction and equipment spending will be in North Carolina, and that approximately 1,000 people will be involved in its design and construction.

The facility will include two 10,000-square-foot server farms, one of which is expected to be operational by mid-2010. The second will be constructed as a shell and completed when the firm reaches 80% capacity, according to Brown. Privately held SAS declined to reveal additional details about financing and construction of the facility.

“Cloud computing, which relies on central servers to deliver and maintain software applications, is on the rise because it’s an economical way to enjoy the benefits of advanced analytical computing,” Brown tells “Customers access the associated hardware and software over the Internet, with minimal investment in hardware or expert personnel.”

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