Microsoft Chooses Iowa For New $500M Data Center
August 22, 2008 10:00 AM
comment(s) - last by
Iowa announces Microsoft is headed there for cheap power and good tax incentives
Iowa Governor Chet Culver announced Microsoft will build a $500 million data center that will be located in West Des Moines.
The new building will be used to host web servers that are needed for cloud computing and services such as Windows Live. It'll take at least 12 months to build the new West Des Moines facility, and could take up to 18 months. The effort comes as part of
Microsoft's charge to increase its spending
on the online domain.
We are very proud to welcome Microsoft to Iowa
," Gov. Culver said in a press statement. "In making its decision, Microsoft recognized what we in Iowa have known all along: our workforce and quality of life is top-notch."
Microsoft did not say why it chose Iowa as the state for its new facility, but low cost power and a strong telecommunications infrastructure are likely two immediate reasons. West Des Moines may now invest up to $10 million in area improvements to help prepare for the new Microsoft data center.
Gov. Culver also reportedly helped draw in Microsoft by offering tax incentives for computer servers and electricity. Iowa has put a renewed focus into renewable energy and information technology, with several other high-profile tech companies possibly interested in building facilities in the state. The tax incentives will be able to help draw other companies to the state in the future.
The facility will have at least 75 technology jobs with an average salary of $70,000. The Redmond-based company will start out with 50 positions.
Google also is headed to Iowa, after announcing it will build a $600 million data center in Council Bluffs. Google's facility will eventually employ up to 200 people.
Some may find it a little ironic that Iowa was one of the few states to hear state-level antitrust litigation against Microsoft several years ago. Microsoft eventually settled with the
state's citizens last year for $180M USD
, which went to consumers, and $75M USD, which went to the plaintiffs' lawyers.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: 1st Google, now MS
8/22/2008 1:33:16 PM
Lets see if they can convince some of the Iowans to get off welfare and start working.
"DailyTech is the best kept secret on the Internet." -- Larry Barber
Microsoft Will Increase Spending in Online Division
July 28, 2008, 12:40 PM
Microsoft Settles Iowa Antitrust Case for $180 Million USD
September 4, 2007, 8:39 AM
Report: AT&T Eyeing $40B DirecTV Purchase
May 1, 2014, 8:00 AM
WebOS Class Action Settlement Costs HP $57 Million
April 1, 2014, 10:22 AM
IBM Workers Strike Over Terms of Deal That Will Have Them Working for Lenovo
March 6, 2014, 9:29 AM
Google Picking Up Artificial Intelligence Company "DeepMind" for $400 Million
January 27, 2014, 9:25 AM
Quick Note: Qualcomm Grabs up Palm, IPAQ, and Bitfone Patent Portfolio from HP
January 24, 2014, 9:18 AM
Verizon Buys Intel Media OnCue Cloud TV assets
January 21, 2014, 10:26 AM
Most Popular Articles
Chinese Government Declares Digital War Against America's Top Tech Firms
October 20, 2014, 12:07 PM
PS4 "Masamune" Update 2.0 Will Bring New Music and Customization Features
October 17, 2014, 1:05 PM
Report: 2015 Ford Focus Electric MSRP Slashed by $6,000, Will Retail for $29,995
October 18, 2014, 6:23 PM
Cool Science Video of the Day: Carnivorous Leech Eats Giant Jungle Worm
October 16, 2014, 6:44 PM
Update: Motorola Droid Turbo Coming Oct 28, 48-hour Battery Life Confirmed
October 19, 2014, 9:19 PM
Latest Blog Posts
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information