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azure logoMicrosoft will spend $1.5-to-$2.5 billion to build a 1.7 million-square-foot data center on 200 acres in West Des Moines, Iowa, to support increasing demand for its cloud services.

It will be Microsoft’s third data center there since 2008, and its largest in the U.S. Including the two there already, Microsoft will have spent nearly $3.5 billion on the centers, the city said. West Des Moines, population 64,113, gains at least $307 million of taxable valuation from the new data center. Construction on the new center will start this spring.

Microsoft Azure uses Iowa’s data centers for its Central U.S. region and a U.S. Government extra-secure region.

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