Microsoft Azure: Microsoft to invest $3.3 billion in Wisconsin AI data center

May 14, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

Microsoft recently announced that it will be investing $3.3 billion in the AI data center it is building in Wisconsin to “expand its national cloud and AI infrastructure capacity.” The company will also be co-funding a new solar energy project which will generate 250MW of power.

Microsoft noted that the hardware it intends to instand at this data center  will “help enable companies in Wisconsin and across the country to develop, deploy and use the world’s most advanced cloud services and AI applications to grow, modernize and improve their products and enterprises.”

Microsoft president Brad Smith said: “Wisconsin has a rich and storied legacy of innovation and ingenuity in manufacturing. “We will use the power of AI to help advance the next generation of manufacturing companies, skills, and jobs in Wisconsin and across the country. This is what a big company can do to build a strong foundation for every medium, small, and start-up company and non-profit everywhere.”

“This is a watershed moment for Wisconsin and a critical part of our work to build a 21st-century workforce and economy in the Badger State,” said Wisconsin governor Tony Evers. “Microsoft is a blue-chip corporation that recognizes the strength of Wisconsin’s workers, infrastructure, economy, and our quality of life. Microsoft has chosen to locate and invest here because they know the future is here in Wisconsin.”