Microsoft expanding its Wyoming data center – again

Cloud demand leads to second addition in two years

18 February 2015 by Drew Amorosi - Datacenter Dynamics

Microsoft expanding its Wyoming data center – again
Photo by Stephen Brashear / Getty Images

Microsoft is planning another round of expansion at its data center facility near Cheyenne, Wyoming, according to an announcement this week by Gov. Matt Mead. In a joint statement with business development group LEADS and the Wyoming Business Council, Mead said Microsoft would invest an additional $200 million in its current facility near the state’s capital. The cash infusion will also double the data center’s work force, up to and estimated 50 permanent positions, according to the governor’s statement.

Microsoft began its data center investment in the Cheyenne region in 2012. The facility slated for expansion is located in the LEADS (Cheyenne-Laramie County Corporation for Economic Development)-owned North Range Business Park, west of downtown Cheyenne. A Microsoft spokesperson told DatacenterDynamics this $200 outlay is addition to the company’s previous $247 million investment announced in April 2014, “bringing the total investment in the Cheyenne area close to three quarters of a billion dollars.”

“These jobs represent Wyoming’s commitment to diversifying the state’s economy”, Mead said in a statement. “If you had told me four years ago that a company would be investing three quarters of a billion dollars in Wyoming and it had nothing to do with minerals, tourism and agriculture – it would have been hard to believe.”

The Microsoft spokesperson added that construction on the expansion is planned for the start of summer 2015, with no timeline available for completion. Microsoft would not specify what products or services the addition would support, but noted that it was “expanding the site to meet increased demand for [its] cloud computing services.”

“We’re excited to expand our footprint in Cheyenne and continue our strong working relationship with this community”, noted Christian Belady, Microsoft’s GM of Data Center Services, in a statement. “The demand for cloud computing continues to grow worldwide and we look forward to working with the community of Cheyenne to meet demand.”

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