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Fore! Microsoft will expand Iowa data center footprint on a former golf course

Willow Creek Golf Course.

Above: Willow Creek Golf Course.

Image Credit: Willow Creek Golf Course's Facebook page

With the growing demand for Microsoft cloud services, the tech giant must construct more data centers somewhere. An Iowa golf course apparently looks as good as any other land.

Microsoft has shelled out $6 million to cover the cost of 100 acres for second data center in West Des Moines, Iowa, according to a report late Wednesday from the Des Moines Register. Part of the land includes the back nine holes of the Red Course at the Willow Creek Golf Course. Crews have begun clearing the land.

And the expansion might not stop there, as local officials have revealed plans atop 154 acres of land in West Des Moines.

In the second quarter of this year, revenue for the Azure infrastructure as a service and Office 365 suite of cloud software both increased year-to-year by more than 100 percent, Microsoft said last month.

Microsoft did not respond to VentureBeat’s request for comment.

No matter what happens, expect Microsoft to keep building quickly as it strives to grow and take on more applications alongside top competitors Amazon Web Services and Google.

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