The Colossal Future Cloud: Land Deals Hint at Even Larger Data Centers

18 Jan 2021

The cloud needs more land. The largest cloud computing players are aggressively acquiring real estate, provisioning large parcels of land for data center campuses. Recent transactions suggest that some of these server cities will reach colossal scale.

Microsoft has bought 900 acres of property in Mecklenburg County, Virginia near a campus where it operates 1.1 million square feet of data center space in the small town of Boydton. The land deals set the table for a massive future expansion of cloud operations for Microsoft, which is also actively acquiring land in Iowa, Northern Virginia and Phoenix to house more data centers.

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