Microsoft Buys Land for Data Center

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Microsoft has bought 75 acres  in Quincy, Wash. and plans to build a new data center at the site, according to local media reports. The software giant bought the land from the Part of Quincy, and has plans for two buildings, according to the Tri-County Herald. Microsoft becomes the second major technology company to express interest in locating a data center in Grant County in central Washington state. The land it has purchased  is not far from Moses Lake, where Yahoo may build a new data center. As was the case with Yahoo, existing infrastructure appears to have been a factor in Microsoft’s choice. “They were very keen on Quincy because of the electrical power and fiber options,” said Pat Boss, spokesman for the Port of Quincy, the industrial park where the site is located. “It was a major driver in their decision.”

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.