Microsoft plans to bring three new data centers to metro Phoenix with a combined 100-plus jobs, the Washington-based tech giant announced Tuesday. But details for the developments were scarce.
The forthcoming data centers are part of the company’s Microsoft Azure initiative, which is aimed at large users such as Fortune 500 companies and offers services in analytics, databases and artificial intelligences. Already the data centers were attracting big names — the company announced the new data centers will serve Banner Health and Arizona state government.
But Microsoft would not say how many of the three new data centers will be in Goodyear or El Mirage, where in the Phoenix suburbs they will be or when the sites will break ground and open. The company also would not confirm how many Valley data centers were operating or being built.
“We grow them as the customer demand comes,” said Sergio Loureiro, Microsoft vice president of core operations. “We’re not putting a limit on what Arizona becomes.”
The company touted its method for cooling as Arizona faces a Colorado River shortage in 2022. The sites use air instead of water for cooling when the temperature is below 85 degrees and rely on evaporative cooling, which Loureiro likened to a swamp cooler, when the temperature is above 85 degrees.
Microsoft‘s southwest Valley presence goes back to 2018
Microsoft‘s first southwest Valley data center came into the public eye in late 2018 as the Goodyear City Council started rezoning land near the Phoenix Goodyear Airport.
Since then, the company has grabbed several pieces of land in the West Valley.
Microsoft bought land near the Arizona State Prison Complex-Perryville just north of Interstate 10 in Goodyear and another piece of land off Olive Avenue near Dysart Road in El Mirage.
“Technology continues to be an area of growth for Goodyear, and Microsoft’s datacenters represent a significant investment in our city,” Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord said in a statement.
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