States are competing aggressively to attract data centers with various tax incentives. Data center companies and their business customers are taking them up on their offers. But are these incentives really a good deal for the businesses? Tax incentives that seem attractive at first glance may not be beneficial when they are examined in the context of the entire tax picture, especially in the unique, uncertain, and developing world of state taxation of technology and computer services. … [Read more...] about Tax Breaks for Data Centers: Numbers Might Be Cloudy
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More than 1,000 construction workers are at the Papillion site each day, the company said. When it’s all said and done, “thousands” of construction workers will have worked on the project, the release said. The data center will also require “hundreds” of operational positions, it said. A dozen full-time job listings have already been posted on the data center’s Facebook page. … [Read more...] about Facebook’s Papillion data center expansion sends good message to other companies, chamber says
With the cloud and other solutions changing the ways that companies provide and consume IT and do business, it is fascinating (and important) to think about what data centers and IT organization will look like in 10 years. How does emerging technology and innovation change the way you plan for and contract for data center–related services? Think about it: will there be less internal infrastructure because of cloud offerings but a greater focus on security and data? Will shorter terms increase the ability to stay flexible and dynamic? What happens to disaster recovery and business continuity? … [Read more...] about Back to the Future: Emerson’s Data Center 2025 Report
Judge Preska has stayed her ruling pending Microsoft’s certain appeal. Until that appeal is heard, many questions remain. Prior to Judge Preska’s decision, the European Commission issued a statement that the data at issue “should not be directly accessed by or transferred to U.S. law enforcement authorities” except through treaty channels. While a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty between the U.S. and Ireland exists for just such a purpose, the Magistrate’s Opinion perfunctorily brushed it aside as cumbersome and not worth dealing with. The Second Circuit may well be faced not only with legal questions, but also diplomatic and treaty issues left unaddressed by the Southern District. The Court’s decision also raises a particularly troubling question about reciprocity – will the United States be able to resist the seizure of data from servers located in this country, by foreign governments seeking … [Read more...] about Microsoft Loses Round in Fight Over Email Held in Irish Data Center
Within Congress, CMS’s transparency efforts have captured the attention of lawmakers, particularly after the recent Steven Brill epicTime article exposing the hospital charge master and lack of transparency in the health care system. Former Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), poised to be the next Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, have introduced legislation requiring CMS to make public data on Medicare payments to physicians and suppliers. Reportedly, this legislation is being considered for inclusion in annual legislation to address impending reductions to Medicare reimbursement to physician services. Of course, price transparency remains but one piece of a much-larger puzzle. Congress so far has largely acknowledged such transparency efforts as a good first step, though it is questionable the extent to which such efforts will be sufficient to curtail spending for the … [Read more...] about How Important is Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Recent Release of Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Charges Data?