Microsoft investing $700 million in new data center

New center in Iowa will support Xbox Live and Office 365 and is testament to "growing demand for Microsoft's cloud services."

Microsoft is investing $700 million in a new Iowa data center, the Xbox and Windows company has confirmed with the Des Moines Register.

The center, known previously as "Project Mountain," will benefit from $20 million in tax credits per a partnership with the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board.

The new data center will support Xbox Live and Office 365, Microsoft general manager of data services Christian Belady told the publication.

"The expansion supports the growing demand for Microsoft’s cloud services," Belady said, noting that the endeavor represents "our latest in efficient data center thinking."

Microsoft has touted an updated Xbox Live and expanded cloud services for the Xbox One. Xbox Live will be supported by 300,000 servers, up from 15,000 for Xbox 360.

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Ayebang
Ayebang

Many concern on privacy on Kinect....read this.

Hey ps4 fanboys, when you use camera in Iphone or in your labtop, it is same thing....record, save to cloud or hard drive and link with internet via face book or skype, share with yr permission.

If ps4 fanboys are scared of Kinect, pls take off your camera on yr expensive Iphone an dlabtop first, please.

THMBZDownGNZUp
THMBZDownGNZUp

More like investing in a center for personal data storage. PRISM via Kinect, your privacy is lost upon agreeing on the Terms of Service.



SinisterLemos
SinisterLemos

All you people are so scared about privacy...do you really think Microsoft wants millions of hours of 30 year old men jerking off in front of the Kinect?


drokmore
drokmore

The first thing I think about data center is MS selling all the data they have collected about us to other third parties. That's I'm sure how they plan on making tons of money.

Dr_takapotku
Dr_takapotku

It's funny how Sony does not hype the cloud computing so much, even though it's in partnership with the biggest and the best cloud computing company in the world when it comes to games. Gaikai has the most advanced cloud computing architecture in the world that has been focusing in games even  before the deal with Sony. Many people think that PS4 will only stream other platform games via cloud but it will do all the same cloud processing calculations via cloud that Xbox One does and even more. It seems that Sony will also win with the cloud computing processing power, which was the last stand for Xbox One and it has already been overtaken, but future will tell us will either of these cloud systems work and which one will function better. Atleast on paper, Sony is invincible. Check these out: http://www.cloudtweaks.com/2013/06/cloud-computing-capabilities-in-ps4/   ,  http://gaikai.com/

peteyboi29
peteyboi29

i'm no fanboi or conspiracy nut or what ever anyone that doesn't agree with this comment wants to label me, it just seems little more than coincidence that microsoft  have a massive network of kinect cameras all over the planet, and then they build a $700 million dollar "data center "  ???  i hope that seems suspicious to other people to :)  

LittleLuci
LittleLuci

I'm guessing that these 300,000 servers will all be virtual? 300,000 virtual servers is a far cry from 300,000 physical servers!

Does anyone know for sure?

I'm assuming the former...

the13stuff
the13stuff

Would have rather heard about $700 million being invested in the human race through Africa, legitimate strides in cancer and aids cures, poverty, or numerous other worthy causes. Instead, it is so people can curse at each other on Call of Duty and do powerpoints. And maybe be spied on.

dmastor
dmastor

So glad i'm not a Sony guy you all seem so shallow.and poor.  

bluefox755
bluefox755

Isn't the NSA also building a massive data center, only in Utah.

Majistrate
Majistrate

Looks like every xbone owner will have their own server! That's great news!

steelmouth
steelmouth

MS sure got money,If they really want something they have the cash to make it happen

TitanPolaris
TitanPolaris

This is like handing over the privacy keys to your digital life! I smell V.I.K.I. here! Just remember what WE CAN DO TO YOU MS, VOTE YOU OUT WITH OUR WALLETS!!

Polygon_Pariah
Polygon_Pariah

MS could literally give Sony fanboys a $100 dollars with no strings attached and you a-holes would cry and complain about why you didn't get $101

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

this will be the all wacthing eye...

DVONvX
DVONvX

I played Black Ops 2 and some other games on xbox live and on psn. Literally no difference. Only difference is i'm not bombarded with ads on psn. 

hordaak
hordaak

xb1...where playing multiplayer games works. Ps4...where playing multiplayer games sucks balls sacks

silvergol
silvergol

Wow! so This the PRISM program database location?


the_big_doggg
the_big_doggg

And Sony still uses a closet for its servers.

RustedTruck650
RustedTruck650

This sounds like some crazy shit straight out of Metal Gear Solid. This Iowa data center will probably be Bill Gate's computer artificial intelligence entity to take over the world after his death because, after all, no one can do things like he can. That center will control everything, it is the time of the AI's.

OldKye
OldKye

Anyone getting a Terminator Skynet feel from all this....

Xbox One: "Your only imagining things Dave let me turn on Netflix for you."

deliman
deliman

They should invest $700 million on a complete redesign of the XB1.

liandrikonflict
liandrikonflict

Data Centers Sponsored by the NSA to house all the video and audio the Kinect 2 will pick up bitches!

idestroycensors
idestroycensors

Durrr, extra $100, DURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! <====SONY FRUITS! 8P

Talavaj
Talavaj

Now you only have to spend some five hundred dollars to share your very own private information with every third party in the world !

NetGod
NetGod

Wow, the MS cloud will make the XB1 so powerful it will crush the PS4 into Tauntaun dung.

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

Glad to see XBL fees are going somewhere, but I still don't like the idea of paying for multiplayer of games already purchased...

hystavito
hystavito

Nothing to do with gaming, but Office is a funny product because you see so many people and businesses using it, and getting the latest one, but they don't utilize like 90% of it.  The features of Office way back, maybe like Office 2000, would probably be sufficient for the majority of users.  And now a bunch of people will be paying a recurring subscription fee for it :).

Mar044
Mar044

MS spy centre will be complete to handle all the online cameras pointed into homes

bkohary
bkohary

They were going to spend $699,999,000 but managed to recruit 1000 illegals for the typing pool.

SoulxReaperx366
SoulxReaperx366

Lol they only did because now they expect to sell $700 million less in xbox one consoles

TheGuardianX
TheGuardianX

Well, at least Microsoft is creating JOBS in the USA.......geez people. Your so quick to jump all over the bad stuff.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

In other words all the data they mine off of Xbox One users Kinects will be stored at a facility and processed and given to the Federal Government.

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

lol. correct me if i'm wrong, but $700 million is like chump change for microsoft, is it not?

cirugo
cirugo

more marketing doublespeak bullshit...people don't even have a fucking clue what that means....they just go "oooo teh cloud!" and think it's something fantastic.

fswef1i
fswef1i

It's hot in the summer. I play my game naked.

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

Good or bad news.

Microsoft, unless their numbers prove otherwise, is looking to not make much profit off their initial Xbox1 sales, that and the money it took to develope the X1, plus this 700 million they are spending, this could become major red factor if they do not make the sales they need and reception is poor. Sure there is a chance that Xbox 1 can sell like crazy, and that this cloud idea is a good idea, but there is also the chance that they wont be making return on either investment.

benkar790
benkar790

new data center to track what is going on in your living room through kinect 

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

Xbox Live will be supported by 300,000 servers, up from 15,000 for Xbox 360=SKYNET. You are all fucked!!!