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Microsoft Working on Four New Azure Datacenters PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 May 2019 08:19

Microsoft is continuing to build out its already massive array of Azure datacenters, and the latest plans include building two new centers in Goodyear, Arizona. Microsoft purchased one parcel of land near the Phoenix Goodyear Airport last year for $48 million, and just purchased another 147 acres about 10 miles south of the first one for another $37 million. The city of Goodyear had been secretive about plans for the land, providing The Arizona Republic with a largely redacted site plan, but last Friday allowed the news operation to inspect a fully unredacted plan, revealing plans for the Microsoft datacenters.

Microsoft provided a statement on the acquisitions: “As part of our plans to support the growing demand for cloud and internet services in Arizona and across the Western United States, Microsoft recently purchased land at two locations in Goodyear, Arizona where we intend to develop world-class data center facilities.”

Microsoft promises that its data center designs “are more energy and water efficient than traditional enterprise data centers,” as water cooling in arid Arizona is a big concern.

One phase of construction at the airport site is scheduled for a first phase of development for the first of a potential five massive 250,000 square foot buildings.

There’s no word as of yet on when these datacenters will come online, but Microsoft continues to aggressively build out its Azure services.

Two New Centers for Sweden

“We intend to develop land areas for the establishment of world-class data centers that meet sustainable and environmentally friendly standards,” Microsoft said in a translated press release obtained by the newspaper Gefle Dagblad. The report mentions that there is still a legal dispute between the municipality of Gävle and some of its citizens who appealed the decision to sell the land to Microsoft, fearing that the new data centers could lead to a shortage of electricity in the area.

Microsoft’s new Swedish data centers are not visible yet on the company’s Azure website, though it’s worth noting that two Azure regions have also been announced in Norway. The Redmond giant currently has 54 Azure regions worldwide, more than any other cloud provider.