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Software giant planning $70 million data center in N. Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. — Software giant SAS announced Thursday that it will build a $70 million "cloud computing facility" at the company's headquarters in Cary, N.C..

"This project is proof that, despite the down economy, SAS continues to grow and innovate," Jim Goodnight, CEO of the Cary-based company, said in a prepared statement.

The new 38,000-square-foot building will handle growing demand from customers for software with which they can access long-distance, rather than installing it on-site. Servers at the new SAS facility will house such software.

The new building will mean an undetermined number of additional jobs in Cary.

"We're not making projections right now," said spokeswoman Allison Lane. "Everything depends on how the need for hosted solutions grows. We will hire as the need grows."

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