According to the Des Moines Register, Microsoft plans to invest roughly $700 million in a new data center in West Des Moines, Iowa.
On Friday, June 21st, the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board approved $20 million in tax credits for Microsoft to build their data center—the development of which is being referred to as “Project Mountain.”
“The expansion supports growing demand for Microsoft’s cloud services,” Microsoft data center services general manager Christian Belady told Des Moines Register. Belady describes the project as Microsoft’s “latest in efficient data center thinking.”
Earlier today, engineer Jon Shiring detailed the benefit’s of Microsoft’s cloud-based initiatives in a post on Respawn Entertainment’s official website. Respawn’s Titanfall will make extensive use of Xbox Live Cloud, namely for hosting dedicated servers and performing physics and AI calculations.
When Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One—slated for release this November—they announced that the next generation of Xbox Live will be powered by 300,000 servers as opposed to the 15,000 in use today.