Microsoft will spend $700 million on a new data center in West Des Moines, Iowa – according to the Des Moines Register. The data center is the result of a deal with the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board, which has approved through the state $20 million in tax credits for the computing giant for what has been named ‘Project Mountain’.
The new data centers will likely be added on to its facilities already in the region, bringing total investment in local data centers from Microsoft to nearly $1 billion. These expanded data centers will help support such Microsoft services as Xbox Live and Office 365.
In a statement to Des Moines Register, Microsoft data center services general manager Christian Belady said that "the expansion supports the growing demand for Microsoft’s cloud services" and that it represented the company's latest efforts "in efficient data centre thinking."