Sacramento: Tesla leases Sacramento Twitter data center Musk once blasted

Jun 13, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Twitter formerly used the Sacramento site of NTT Global Data Centers, but now it is home to Musk's electric car company. Twitter departed the data center in late 2022, with the CEO disparaging the area. Tesla will now occupy the space as well as extra square footage.

The data center will likely be used by Tesla for machine learning tasks, such as simulations of autonomous cars. It has also been stated that consideration is being given to taking over the lease of a data center in Sacramento, now used by Twitter. Twitter's lease with Prime Data Centers has not yet run out, so it must find a new tenant to take over the agreement since Twitter stopped using the facility in late 2022.

Musk referred to Sacramento as "possibly the worst place to have a data center" in a December tweet, despite Tesla's interest in the two locations. Musk has slashed expenditures significantly at the company since he bought Twitter for $44 billion last year to help pay off the debt the merger added to the company's balance sheet. Musk has fired almost half of Twitter's staff, shut down its data center in Sacramento, and announced intentions to restrict capacity at the Atlanta site, all while not paying rent or contractors.