Microsoft to build $112m data center in Wyoming, but why?

When it comes to big data, Wyoming typically is not the first location that comes to mind but Microsoft is betting big on the state to the tune of $112 million dollars according to datacenterknowledge.com.

While Wyoming may not be first on your premier locations for a data center, the location does have a lot going for it including redundant fiber optic connections, naturally cool climate and abundant affordable energy.

“Microsoft’s decision recognizes that Wyoming is a hand and glove fit as a leading site for data centers and technology-related companies,” said Gov. Matt Mead. “Wyoming is a perfect fit for data centers. We have abundant, affordable energy. Our naturally cool climate decreases costs for data centers and we have redundant fiber optics.”

No information was given on what the site could be used for but we asked our friends on Twitter, Mary-Jo Foley and Rick Vanover, about what they suspect the site might be used for. MJF took a friendly jab saying that it could be another Azure datacenter to power iCloud (someone tip digitimes!) but on a more serious note, MJF speculates that it could simply be more Azure hosting. Rick Vanonver thought it could be possibly a Cloud/Azure services for mobile/tablets or possibly a large CDN (Content Delivery Network) for multimedia. As for us? We are hedging our bets that it’s Azure hosting but there is a chance it could be used to support Farmville for WOA.

Whatever the new use for the datacenter, Microsoft is pushing $112 million into the Wyoming economy and the state hopes that because Microsoft is operating there, that it will attract other datacenters in the future to make Wyoming a hotbed for data scientists. 

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seebaran said,
The question is: why not?

Really, the quoted headline talks about abundant affordable energy... which if you ask me, is as good reason as any.

Not to mention the lower operational costs, lower property costs, low taxes and other things that come from middle of the country operations

In other news. A company heavily invested in providing Cloud services made the totally unexpected decision to buy more bandwidth.

Our reporters are rushing to the scene now to answer the question: DafuK?

took a friendly jab saying that it could be another Azure datacenter to power iCloud (someone tip digitimes!)

Emphasis mine. Thought it was widely assumed apple in some form used both MS Azure and Amazon Ec3(?) to power parts of iCloud ...

BajiRav said,
Preparing for Windows 8 users ?
You know settings sync etc...

Exactly my thoughts. Windows 8 will encourage more people to use the Microsoft cloud - for Windows login, sync settings, Windows Store...

Haven't read the article but I'll answer your question... WY has a population equivalent to a single block in NYC.. a datacenter there might encourage a few people to leave the hustle & bustle of NYC to calm quiet of WY; thereby, reducing the crime rate in NYC & encouraging people get in touch with nature once again...

"but why?"
Um you already answered it with: "While Wyoming may not be first on your premier locations for a data center, the location does have a lot going for it including redundant fiber optic connections, naturally cool climate and abundant affordable energy."

As for the datacenter purpose, um it's a datacenter and like most MS datacenters it'll likely house pieces of various of their services. Not exactly a surprise as azure and other connected service pieces take root, expect to see a couple more in the not so distant future as well.


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