Data centers for Microsoft are spread around the world but some of them are located in the heart of the United States. Microsoft has spent over $500 million and plans to spend around $200 million more on a center for storing data located in Cheyenne Wyoming.
Cloud sites are one of Microsoft’s most important assets because they are heavily relying on the cloud to be a steady source of revenue. While casual users may use the cloud for simple storage, power users and corporations use the cloud for heavy duty computing processes that are essential for them to run including using services such as Azure. The general manager of data center services for Microsoft Christian Belady said “The demand for cloud computing continues to grow worldwide, and we look forward to working with the community of Cheyenne to meet demand.”
The project will temporarily employ between 200-600 employees that will be involved in construction and after the project is completed will add 25 full time jobs to the site.
In order to make the expanded facilities usable the state of Wyoming will pay $5 million for things such as sewer and power lines.Further reading: Azure, Cloud, Data