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The Boydton site has strong fiber connectivity from existing routes supporting a government data center in the region. The fiber optic network of the Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative (MBC) was described as a”key component” in Microsoft’s decision to locate in Virginia. The 175-acre site features a 40-acre graded pad. The site is served by Dominion Virginia Power.

Microsoft's Investment

Microsoft has invested over $2 billion into the project since 2010.

  • 2010 $499 million
  • 2011: $150 million
  • 2013: $348 million
  • 2014: Announced a $346.7 million Expansion
  • 2015: $402.4 million
  • 2019: MSFT announced its sixth expansion. Mecklenburg County provided a $1.5 grant to support the expansion (in addition to the sales and use tax exemptions already obtained)

Green Energy

In May 2018, Microsoft announced the purchase of 315-megawatts of energy from two new solar projects in the Commonwealth of Virginia, which represented the single largest corporate purchase of solar energy in the United States.”

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Microsoft's Boydton Virginia Data Center
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Microsoft's Boydton Data Center Expansion (in Progress) as of 2018
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State of Azure Locations as of July 2019
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Conceptual Azure Regions and Availability Zones diagram
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Microsoft uses Containers (called ITPACs) to build out its data centers. These Containers are Shipping Containers fitted with all the necessary climate control, networking, server racks and other hardware necessary to be a “mini” data center all in one.

Azure Regions

An Azure region is a set of data centers deployed within a latency-defined perimeter and connected through a dedicated regional low-latency network.

With more global regions than any other cloud provider, Azure gives customers the flexibility to deploy applications where they need to. Azure is generally available in 46 regions around the world, with plans announced for 8 additional regions.

Geographies

An Azure geography is a discrete market, typically containing two or more regions, that preserves data residency and compliance boundaries.

Geographies allow customers with specific data-residency and compliance needs to keep their data and applications close. Geographies are fault-tolerant to withstand complete region failure through their connection to our dedicated high-capacity networking infrastructure.

Availability Zones

Availability Zones are physically separate locations within an Azure region. Each Availability Zone is made up of one or more data centers equipped with independent power, cooling, and networking.

Availability Zones allow customers to run mission-critical applications with high availability and low-latency replication.

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