Microsoft to build $700 million data center in West Des Moines, Iowa

Microsoft continues to expand its cloud-based online services, and because of those plans it also needs to build more data centers. Late last week, the company received local government approval to build a new $700 million data center in West Des Moines, Iowa.

The Des Moines Register reports that Microsoft will receive $20 million in tax credits from the government to build the new data center. Microsoft will use it to support services such as Office 365 and Xbox Live. The company already owns 40 acres of land in west Des Moines and will likely use that land to build the new data center expansion; Microsoft currently has about 50 people on its payroll at that location.

Microsoft's campaign for adding more cloud services was evident earlier this month at E3, when the company showed of a live demo of how the cloud could be used by the Xbox One to put in more asteroid paths in a simulated solar system running on the console. Game developers could use the cloud data servers to offload certain game features like AI, physics, large levels and more so that the hardware can be freed up to add better graphics to their Xbox One games.

Source: Des Moines Register | Image via Microsoft

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To everyone who said competitors could do cloud computing on their consoles.

This is why they can't. Kudos to MS for the investment.

I would take it this is so, Services such as Office 365, Xbox Live, etc will continue to run smoothly..
Ballmer says they were becomings a services and devices company...
So Datacenters will be needed ...
I think this is where Windows, Xbox, Windows Phone all become a platform that comes together...

If you don't like NSA, then do something about it. March down to Wash. DC and make your voice. Stop hiding behind the monitor and crying about it all the time. Go trolling somewhere else. Not everything has to do with NSA.

Hahaiah said,
That's good news, NSA can probably help out with some of the build specs to make transfers a little smoother.

SteveyAyo said,
But... but how will I complain about the Kinect spying on me if im marching on DC?

yeah until someone shows me packet traces of the xbox sending data that is not standard transmissions back to somewhere that is obviously not normal will I not believe a piece of **** that someone tries to pawn off as "NSA spying using xbox"...

Hahaiah said,
That's good news, NSA can probably help out with some of the build specs to make transfers a little smoother.

I hate people like you. Do you honestly think officials gather in a room and discuss a PRISM style service to simply invade peoples privacy? Did you read about how it stopped a terrorist attack on London 2012 and more publicly in America? Stupid stupid people.

let it go...
As long as you have some kind of network connection (Smartphone, videogame, computer, etc) the NSA can have access to you... Stop pointing fingers at MS because it the "HOT THING TO DO NOW"...

Funny, because it's nodding dolts like you that can't see the writing on the wall even when it's right in front of your face, actually excusing the behavior so you can feel "safer" like some old woman. Keep believing Microsoft hasn't sold you out genius, remarkable.

And it idiots like you who want to single out a single corporation... Google, Apple, Microsoft, Sony,etc... whoever... NSA has access...
Its fools like you who want to single out the 1 company... when everyone in the lineup is guilty...

Like I said... Lets all Hate on Microsoft because its the cool thing to do... I never said they were Angels... but to single them out without looking at the rest is just being deliberately blind...

And your the one cry about this on NEOWIN... instead of going to proper government officials with complaints...

If it bothers you that bad, just disconnect...
I know and understand what comes with being connected...

If you fools can complain about DRM on the Xbox One (Entertainment thats a privilege to have...) ... How come you can't put that same effort and energy into something like NSA (Which is real life)

Edited by Showan, Jun 24 2013, 5:27pm :

The question is that you actually buy the product? If not, then why you need to worry.
Also, crying about it all the time won't resolve anything. Take action and do something about it. Stop being like a child.

Also, if you want people to believe you, you must show some physical proofs.

Hahaiah said,
Funny, because it's nodding dolts like you that can't see the writing on the wall even when it's right in front of your face, actually excusing the behavior so you can feel "safer" like some old woman. Keep believing Microsoft hasn't sold you out genius, remarkable.

JonnyLH said,

I hate people like you. Do you honestly think officials gather in a room and discuss a PRISM style service to simply invade peoples privacy? Did you read about how it stopped a terrorist attack on London 2012 and more publicly in America? Stupid stupid people.

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”

The article was about Microsoft, hence the comment. Silly assumption to believe I would only be bothered by a single company doing it and that the only action I take is on this website, seriously? It was meant as a lighthearted joke, but it's clear you're so defensive and narrow minded that you either work for Microsoft or wish you did, you seem to have the right qualifications for their PR dept. I stand by my statements, you guys give fanboy a bad name :-)

I'm pretty sure myself or maybe others not working for Microsoft; however, we are just tired of you crying out loud like a kid every posts about Microsoft. Go and camp in front of Microsoft headquarter and fight for it. You give little kids a bad name, since they know when to stop crying.

Hahaiah said,
The article was about Microsoft, hence the comment. Silly assumption to believe I would only be bothered by a single company doing it and that the only action I take is on this website, seriously? It was meant as a lighthearted joke, but it's clear you're so defensive and narrow minded that you either work for Microsoft or wish you did, you seem to have the right qualifications for their PR dept. I stand by my statements, you guys give fanboy a bad name :-)

Hahaiah said,
The article was about Microsoft, hence the comment. Silly assumption to believe I would only be bothered by a single company doing it and that the only action I take is on this website, seriously? It was meant as a lighthearted joke, but it's clear you're so defensive and narrow minded that you either work for Microsoft or wish you did, you seem to have the right qualifications for their PR dept. I stand by my statements, you guys give fanboy a bad name :-)

Read your post back and tell me if it sounded light hearted...

M_Lyons10 said,

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety”


Putting a sentence with quotes around it doesn't automatically mean it has more weight than the comment its about.

I had some family members at London 2012, If an attack was there, they could of been part of it. If schemes like PRISM and the recently uncovered GCHG operation prevented that, then I'm all for it. You saying they don't need to feel safe?