Thursday, October 19, 2017

Microsoft could build 65-acre Silicon Valley data centre and business campus – report

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Land sits close to recent acquired plots by Apple and Google as cloud demand soars and internet giants seek the largest market share they can grab.

Microsoft has invested $73.2m in the acquisition of a 65-acre piece of land north of San Jose, California, which can potentially be used by the cloud hyperscaler to build out its Azure infrastructure.

That is according to The Mercury News, which quotes Christian Belady, general manager of Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations, as saying: “We continuously explore opportunities to meet the needs of a future based on cloud computing and internet services, so we’re thrilled to find a great one in the heart of Silicon Valley.”

According to the news outlet, Belady’s remarks are in reference to the purchased land in San Jose.

The complex is being designed to be a light industrial central, which would include a data centre complex, planning documents show.

Those same documents show that the company could be planning to open a 437,000 sqf building including offices and the data centre facility, with more than 2,000 people expected to work on the site.

Although Microsoft is yet to officially confirm the project, San Jose’s Mayor Sam Liccardo, was quick to react to the news.

He said: “We welcome Microsoft’s substantial investment in San Jose, as it seeks to meet the world’s burgeoning demand for cloud capacity.

“I especially appreciate Microsoft’s sensitivity to the surrounding environment and its continued commitment to sustainable construction and operations.”

The development’s location along the State Route 237, between Milpitas and Alviso, is set to join other giants such as Google and Apple which have recently also acquired land locally. Same has happened with Adobe.

SanDisk, Polycom, ST Electronics, Brocade Communications, and Global foundry, are also all located nearby.