Microsoft to invest $700M into data center to power Xbox Live, Office 365

By Shawn Knight
Jun 24, 2013
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  1. Microsoft is planning to invest nearly $700 million to expand a data center in Iowa that would be used to help power products like Xbox Live and Office 365. The expansion supports Microsoft’s growing demand for cloud services and serves...

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  2. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,140   +739

    Wow they are betting a lot on the cloud.
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  3. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TechSpot Addict Posts: 619   +118

    If their marketing team keeping doing the bang up job it has been lately with the next gen products, that will be a well wasted $699,999,992
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,896   +611

    Yikes, so that's why they didn't want to back down from the XB1 'always connected' policy. They just bought a whole warehouse full of servers. I hope they're still within the buyer's remorse period.
    avoidz likes this.
  5. m4a4

    m4a4 TechSpot Addict Posts: 478   +117

    Better XBL in the near future? Sure, why not...
  6. gamoniac

    gamoniac TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 195   +45

    Nah. DRM checking would not require 300,000 servers to run. Let's hope these servers will bring something exciting and useful.
  7. RH00D

    RH00D TechSpot Booster Posts: 374   +73

    Even if they didn't use them for Xbox Live services they could easily just re-purpose the whole datacenter for something else like Windows Azure or SkyDrive or Skype or Bing Search/Maps or projects that require mass computational power or anything else they do that can be powered by a server.
  8. supertech

    supertech TechSpot Member Posts: 72   +7

    This is just the beginning of the cloud. Eventually your data will sit up there and you won't be stuck to any one device. No tech company can afford to sit still as they will get knocked off by someone doing it bigger and better.
  9. gamoniac

    gamoniac TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 195   +45



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