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    Microsoft comes to Iowa

    After all the missery of the last month, this is some great news!

    State confirms Microsoft coming to Iowa | DesMoinesRegister.com | The Des Moines Register

    State officials confirmed today that Microsoft Corp. has chosen Iowa as the site of its next data center.

    Stephanie Bjornson, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Economic Development, said today the software giant will build a data farm in central Iowa.

    Microsoft leaders will choose the site in coming weeks. Bjornson said leaders are considering several properties for the center.



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    Re: Microsoft comes to Iowa

    awesome



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    Re: Microsoft comes to Iowa

    Even after that lady sued the crap out of them and won. They love us.



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    Re: Microsoft comes to Iowa

    yea, well after all the tax and incentive breaks they will get, it is reimbursement for some of what they lost.



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    Re: Microsoft comes to Iowa

    What exactly is a data farm?



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    Re: Microsoft comes to Iowa





    Boy, I wanna work there!!! Sign me up!!


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    Re: Microsoft comes to Iowa

    Microsoft comes to Iowa
    "Shoeless Joe Jackson comes to Iowa"



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    Re: Microsoft comes to Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by ColoradoClone View Post
    What exactly is a data farm?
    Exactly what it sounds like. They grow various raw materials that, when processed, are turned into various forms of data. It's become a big moneymaker the last 15 years, considering the world's obsession with technology. We use more and more data every year, and it's hard for supply to keep up with demand.


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    Re: Microsoft comes to Iowa

    Honestly, this won't have an overly significant impact on Iowa. Data Farms, just like regular farms, don't tend to employ that many people, and most of the tax benefits for Iowans were sold away in order to get the datacenter here in the first place.

    It's not a bad thing, per se, just not that great of a thing either.


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    Re: Microsoft comes to Iowa

    Marshalltown is building a new $3 Billion power plant in the coming years...word has it that Microsoft would want that data center near a community with a large power plant. hhhhmmmm.......



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    Re: Microsoft comes to Iowa

    Quote Originally Posted by garn91 View Post
    After all the missery of the last month, this is some great news!

    State confirms Microsoft coming to Iowa | DesMoinesRegister.com | The Des Moines Register

    Can a data farm make ethanol?



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    Re: Microsoft comes to Iowa

    It's going to be in the Des Moines area and it will someday employ up to 200.



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    Re: Microsoft comes to Iowa

    Rumor is that it will be on the west side of the metro around DeSoto/Van Meter/WDM area.



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    Re: Microsoft comes to Iowa

    Wow, this is great news, first google and then M$. I wonder if they will hire me with my linux license plates.


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