Microsoft will soon harvest a lot more corn — err, servers — in Iowa.
The tech giant is investing in data center infrastructure in West Des Moines, miles away from an existing company data center, Iowa public officials announced today.
And with the long-awaited release of Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant for mobile devices, more consumers could start pinging Microsoft data center infrastructure more frequently in the near future.
Incidentally, Microsoft isn’t the only company that likes Des Moines for data centers. Facebook has one there, too.
Microsoft’s new data center campus will go up on a 154-acre lot over the next four or five years, costing roughly $1.126 billion, according to a report from the Quad-City Times.
Indeed, Microsoft fully intends to keep erecting new data centers.
“Additions to property and equipment will continue, including new facilities, data centers, and computer systems for research and development, sales and marketing, support, and administrative staff,” the company wrote in its most recent quarterly report. “We expect capital expenditures to increase in coming years in support of our cloud and devices strategy.”
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