Microsoft has bought land in Longmont, Colorado and plans to use the property for a modular data center, according to local media. The company has acquired a tract adjacent to a large Seagate Technologies facility in southwest Longmont, a city of about 86,000 which is about 35 miles north of Denver.
The property purchased by Microsoft is just eight acres, which suggests any data center development would be on a far smaller scale than the company’s other recent projects. Microsoft bought 175 acres of land for its new data center project in southern Virginia, 75 acres in Quincy, Washington and 40 acres in West Des Moines, Iowa.
UPDATE: Microsoft confirms that it purchased the land, but says the project is not a data center. “The land that Microsoft purchased will not be used for a new Microsoft data center but will be a lab resource where Microsoft will be conducting research and data processing,” said a company spokesperson.