Virginia is for Lovers – I mean, Microsoft
Microsoft is closing the deal on a site for an enormous data center in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. The facility had been proposed in both Texas and North Carolina, but Virginia won the construction competition and will benefit from the business it brings.
The data center will be modular, consisting of containers in order to provide what Microsoft sees as savings in cost, energy, and time required for setup.
Virginia offered a lot of specific draws for construction, from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to cheap clean energy and a reasonable fiber network.
The odd side of this relatively normal tale of data center construction is that Microsoft, as well as announcing the construction of this Virginia facility, has also decided to do a lot less with a facility it is supposed to be constructing in Iowa. Microsoft is disappointing the Iowa job market by deciding to spend just a fraction of their originally planned amount on that facility.
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