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Microsoft Pumps $700 Million Into Iowa Data Center

Microsoft_datacenterThe mysterious company behind the $700 million “Project Mountain” data center in Des Moines, Iowa, finally has a name. And it’s not Apple or Amazon.

It’s Microsoft.

Late on Friday, the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved $20 million in tax-credit incentives for Microsoft, which plans to pump hundreds of millions of dollars into a data center in West Des Moines.

According to state documents, Microsoft’s investment will total $677.6 million, and will likely be used to expand the company’s existing data center in the region. The goal, according to Christian Belady, Microsoft’s GM of Data Center Services: “Supporting the growing demand for Microsoft’s cloud services.”

Microsoft is the latest tech behemoth to choose Iowa as the site of its data-center ambitions. Earlier this year, Facebook announced plans to build a $300 million server farm in the state. And last year, Google said it would plow another $400 million into its data center in Council Bluffs.


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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik