Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Cloud Computing
Tame your scariest paperwork. Find Out How
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Microsoft Building Out Its Huge Iowa Data Center
Microsoft Building Out Its Huge Iowa Data Center

By Barry Levine
June 24, 2013 11:23AM

    Bookmark and Share
The new Microsoft data center in Iowa will feature a modular design that allows for the rapid addition of capacity as needed. Servers at Microsoft's new data center will be housed in metal containers and will connect to a central channel of power and networking, comparable to the design at the company's Northlake, Chicago facility.
 



In addition to wind farms, Iowa big new cash crop is the data center. In the most recent harvest, Microsoft has announced it is spending $677 million to build out its data center in that state.

The news was announced Friday by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer. This is the third expansion of that facility, and is expected to result in the creation of 29 new jobs, plus another 200 construction jobs.

Called Project Mountain during the process, the build-out was part of a cooperative effort by the company, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the City of West Des Moines and Iowa. The project will receive as much as $20 million in tax credits from the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board, notably a sales and use tax refund during construction and an investment tax credit of $5 million.

200+ Online Services

Microsoft's cloud presence is growing by leaps and bounds, as it counters competitive moves by Google, Amazon, Oracle, Apple and others. The company currently has more than 200 online-based services that support a billion customers worldwide, including MSN, Office 365, Skype, Xbox Live, Bing, Outlook.com and Windows Azure.

As is becoming the fashion with many data centers, Microsoft is emphasizing its green credentials. For this facility, it will offset the carbon emissions by buying an equal amount of renewable energy credits. Site work is expected to start this summer, with construction beginning later this year and running until the end of 2015.

The new facility will feature a modular design that allows for the rapid addition of capacity as needed. Servers will be housed in metal containers and will connect to a central channel of power and networking, comparable to the design at the company's Northlake, Chicago facility.

In addition to scaling capacity, this design is intended to reduce the overall carbon footprint, such as leveraging natural cooling instead of power-hungry air conditioning.

Facebook, Google

In April, Facebook announced that its third data center in the U.S. would be located in Altoona, Iowa. That facility is built using the Open Compute Project service specs and an outdoor air-cooling system, and Facebook said that, when completed, it will be among the most energy efficient facilities around.

Although press reports initially pegged the cost of the new Facebook center at $1 billion, the company has since said that its first phase is priced at $300 million, and will result in a 476,000 square-foot facility, including both offices and floor space. The Iowa center is expected to have excess capacity to support the company's data centers in Oregon, North Carolina and Sweden. In its legal filings, the company had said it expected to spend as much as $1.8 billion in capital expenditures this year for the facility.

Additionally, Google is undertaking a $400 million expansion of its data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which brings its total investment in that data center to about $1.5 billion.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Cloud Computing
1.   IBM, California Partner in the Cloud
2.   Dropbox for Business Boosts Security
3.   Cisco Woos More Devs with DevNet
4.   Investor Wants EMC To Spin Off VMware
5.   Microsoft Layoffs Reportedly Coming


advertisement
Amazon Intros Zocalo Storage Service
Online storage and sharing for business.
Average Rating:
Cisco Woos More Devs with DevNet
To create new network-aware apps.
Average Rating:
IBM Rolls Out Hybrid Cloud Services
Based on SoftLayer net infrastructure.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security
Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
 
Contrary to Report, Lenovo's Staying in Small Windows Tablets
Device maker Lenovo has clarified a report that indicated it is getting out of the small Windows tablet business -- as in the ThinkPad 8 and the 8-inch Miix 2. But the firm said it is not exiting that market.
 
Seagate Unveils Networked Drives for Small Businesses
Seagate is out with five new networked attached storage products aimed at small businesses. The drives are for companies with up to 50 workers, and range in capacity from two to 20 terabytes.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.