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November 7, 2007

Microsoft builds mega data centers in Illinois and Ireland

Posted by David Hunter at 9:04 PM ET.

The Microsoft buildout of Internet infrastructure continues apace as this week they revealed two new $500 million data centers in Illinois and Ireland:

Microsoft Corp. said on Wednesday it will invest $500 million for a new “server farm” data center in a Chicago suburb in the latest investment to enhance its Internet services business.

The 550,000-square-foot (51,100 square-metre) data center in Northlake, Illinois, comes on the heels of Tuesday’s announcement that the software maker will invest an additional $500 million to build a server farm in Ireland.

The Illinois data center is expected to be completed in April 2008, while the Irish facility is due in mid-2009 and will provide Windows Live services to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. It is the first Microsoft mega data center outside the USA.

Filed under General Business, Microsoft, Online Services, Real Estate, Windows Live

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