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    [EN] Microsoft adia construção de data center de US$ 2,5 bi anunciado em julho

    Microsoft delaying Osmium data center work in West Des Moines

    Matthew Patane
    October 20, 2016


    Microsoft is delaying the start of construction of its most recent data center in West Des Moines.

    "We are adjusting the timing for a number of projects, including one in Des Moines. Our commitment to a cloud-first world remains unchanged, and we will continue to expand our cloud infrastructure to meet growing customer demand," Microsoft said in a statement emailed to the Register.

    The company declined to comment further when asked for more specifics.

    In state documents published Thursday, though, Microsoft is asking the Iowa Economic Development Authority to extend the completion date for its Osmium data center.

    Microsoft has three separate data center sites in West Des Moines. Its most recent, Project Osmium, was announced in July and is slated to cost between $1.5 billion and $2.5 billion.

    "Due to the current ongoing construction of several other projects, the completion of this project will likely be delayed approximately 12 months," the request from Microsoft reads.

    The authority board will consider the request at a meeting Friday.

    Clyde Evans, West Des Moines' community and economic development director, said Microsoft is moving forward on a fourth phase for Project Mountain, the company's first data center site, while also continuing construction on Project Alluvion, the second site. Microsoft had concerns over being able to manage new construction on each site all at once, he said.

    Construction for the Osmium data center was expected to start in spring 2017. Evans said it could now start in summer 2017.

    Evans said Microsoft's delays won't affect any of the city's plans for new infrastructure, such as an extension of Veterans Parkway.

    Microsoft's data centers

    Project Mountain

    • First announced: 2008; expansions in 2011 and 2013
    • Total investment: About $1 billion
    • State incentives: $20.7 million
    • Job obligations: 64
    • Progress: Three of four phases complete


    Project Alluvion

    • First announced: 2014
    • Total investment: $1.1 billion
    • State incentives: $20.3 million
    • Job obligations: 84
    • Progress: Starting second of four phases


    Project Osmium

    • First announced: 2016
    • Total investment: $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion
    • State incentives: $4.75 million for first phase
    • Job obligations: 57 for first phase; 133 jobs total expected
    • Progress: Construction expected to start in summer 2017


    Sources: Iowa Economic Development Authority; city of West Des Moines

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/sto...ines/92420454/

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    West Des Moines' data center will be Microsoft's 'largest' in U.S.

    Matthew Patane
    July 22, 2016

    Microsoft is set to build its largest data center in the U.S. in West Des Moines, spending $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion on a complex that will be larger than Jordan Creek Town Center.

    It's the third data center the technology giant is bringing to West Des Moines, city officials here said Friday. The announcement served as an official recognition that Microsoft is behind the mysterious Project Osmium, which first came to light this month.

    When all three data centers are done, Microsoft will have invested about $3.5 billion in West Des Moines.

    "Microsoft could build these data centers anywhere in the world, and they’ve chosen our city, now in four different counties, for their investment," West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer said during a news conference.

    Osmium will consist of four phases and occupy 1.7 million square feet. By comparison, Jordan Creek Town Center's covered shopping area is about 1 million square feet, Gaer said.

    Osmium will be built on about 200 acres on West Des Moines' southwest side, just south of the Dale Maffitt Reservoir and west of Interstate 35. It will occupy land in Madison and Warren counties that West Des Moines plans to annex.

    Leaders for the city, state, and Madison and Warren counties praised Microsoft's investment as a sign of future growth for the area. They also said it will boost central Iowa's reputation as a home in the data storage industry.

    "We have made a name for ourselves in Iowa in the data center world," Gov. Terry Branstad said.

    Microsoft declined to comment and had no representatives at Friday's news conference.

    An evolving project

    Clyde Evans, the city's community and economic development director, said the exact size of Osmium is a moving target. The company originally came to West Des Moines with one plan, only to say last week that it wanted to expand it.

    "This project is evolving," Evans said.

    Osmium's first phase will cost about $418 million and employ at least 57 people.

    On Friday, the Iowa Economic Development Authority approved a $4.7 million sales, service and use tax refund to Microsoft for the project.

    For its part, West Des Moines plans to provide incentives to Microsoft in the form of building and installing infrastructure. That includes ways to get water and sewer services to the data center, as well as road expansions, such as an extension of Veterans Parkway.

    Evans said West Des Moines has plans for at least $65 million in public infrastructure projects tied to Osmium. The new infrastructure will be paid for through new property taxes from Microsoft, he said.

    The company is expected to pay $12.3 million a year in property taxes once all phases of Osmium are complete. The city is offering no tax abatements to the center.

    Lots of space, few jobs

    Data centers, especially from big-name companies such as Microsoft and Facebook, are essentially large buildings filled with servers. They cost a lot to build, but employ relatively few people, a point that has caused some to criticize providing incentives for the projects.

    "These large capital projects, they look great because they are a lot of money, but they do not generate a lot of net new labor income for the state of Iowa," said Dave Swenson, an Iowa State University economist.

    Construction on the Osmium data center is expected to start in early 2017 and be complete in 2022.

    Microsoft already operates or is constructing two other data centers in the city that came to light under the code names Mountain and Alluvion.

    All three sites are within 5 to 7 miles of each other.

    The data centers serve as hubs for Microsoft Azure, the company's cloud storage service.

    Microsoft has been making a play to invest more in cloud infrastructure since new CEO Satya Nadella came aboard in 2014.

    Past work credited

    Evans credited the city's existing relationship with Microsoft for landing the Osmium project.

    "On both sites (Mountain and Alluvion), it required us to extend infrastructure to them. We’ve been able to do that on schedule or ahead of schedule, under budget. We have a history of being able to perform for them," Evans said.

    Evans also said discussions for Osmium came up quickly after the city secured Microsoft's second data center, in 2014.

    "When we did Alluvion, they were saying, ‘Well maybe in five, six years we’ll be looking for another site,'" Evans said. "It was less than probably six months (after Alluvion), they were back looking for another site."

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/sto...5m-incentives/

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    "Construction for the Osmium data center was expected to start in spring 2017. Evans said it could now start in summer 2017."

    Tratantes!


    "Osmium will consist of four phases and occupy 1.7 million square feet"

    Estamos assistindo a refilmagem de uma velha estória: o negócio que começa com pequenos investimentos de milhares de empreendedores e atinge a maturação com apenas grandes empresas e barreiras intransponiveis de entrada.

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    Facebook to expand its Altoona (Iowa) data center, add cold storage


    Matt Patterson, a data center technician, opens a drawer containing hard drives inside the Facebook data center on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Altoona, Iowa. Charlie Litchfield/The Register



    Area Development News
    10/19/2016


    Facebook will expand its data center in Altoona, Iowa. The company will add 103,000 square feet to the third building on its campus which will be utilized as a cold storage facility.

    Brice Towns, Altoona Data Center Site Manager, explained “every day, nearly two billion photos are shared on Facebook services, and these photos can reflect important memories. We discovered a way to preserve these memories in a sustainable and efficient way with a data center that functions like a digital attic, which we call cold storage. With cold storage, we can allow rarely-accessed photos from years past to be just as accessible as new and frequently-viewed photos.”

    “Our first cold storage facility was built from the ground up in Prineville, Oregon, with servers that power on as needed. Altoona joins Prineville [Oregon] and Forest City [NC] as our third site with a cold storage facility, Towns added.

    http://www.areadevelopment.com/newsI...ona-iowa.shtml



    Matthew Patane
    October 18, 2016

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    Menlo Park, California-based Facebook first announced the Altoona data center in April 2013. The company finished and opened the first phase — a 476,000-square-foot, $300 million building — in late 2014. The second building is 468,000 square feet and the third is 496,000 square feet before the cold storage expansion.

    Last year, Facebook said it would add the third building, marking the first time it had constructed a third building at any of its data center sites.

    A spokeswoman for Facebook said in an email that the company employs about 185 people at the data center. It plans to have about 350 construction workers on site each day through fall 2017.

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/sto...nter/92359040/



    Filter room inside the Facebook data center in Altoona, Iowa.
    Charlie Litchfield/The Register

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