Microsoft confirmed plans to build a large new data center in Mecklenburg County, Va., as the company is once again expanding its data center operations. In a press release from the Virginia governor's office, Microsoft said it'll spend up to $499 million to open the facility, which'll use its latest modular, fourth-generation approach and will be located near the town of Boydton. The governor's office touted the plant as "the largest economic investment in Southern Virginia history."
"This new data center will enable the best possible delivery of services to our current and future customers," Kevin Timmons said in a statement. Microsoft declined to offer any further details.
For Microsoft, it's a sign that the company is once again looking to add capacity for Windows Azure, Windows Live, and other hosted software. Microsoft had been aggressively adding facilities including new centers in Dublin, Ireland, and a Chicago facility that opened last year.