Microsoft is planning to start a new data center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. It is expected to open by the spring of 2013 and will be employing around 40 people to work at this facility. The services to be offered by this data center are not yet decided.
The other data centers of Microsoft are located in Quincy, Washington, Chicago, San Antonio, Texas, Southern Virginia and Dublin, Ireland. Microsoft is planning a $130 million additional investment in February to expand its data center in Dublin.
The state gave Microsoft $10 million as incentive to choose Wyoming. A spokesperson for Governor Matt Mead, Renny Mackay said that $5 million came from the governor’s data center recruitment fund which will help Microsoft in its infrastructure investment and improvement. The other $5 million came in from a government agency Wyoming Business Council, which is a partnership between the public and private entities.
Mead said “Wyoming is a good location for a data center as it has affordable energy, redundant fiber optics and a cool climate. Green House Data and Echostar are the companies which already have data centers in Wyoming”.
The data center will help Microsoft host its product in an extensive way and not just sell software to its customers. Apart from doing service offering, Microsoft has started selling its product Office 365, which offers hosted email and collaboration services. Microsoft’s is hoping to further develop its own search engine Bing which would require data centers to serve search results to user.
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