According to documents seen by The Des Moines Register, a new data center in Iowa, known as "Project Alluvion", could be something to do with Microsoft. After making a public records request, the Register was provided with files that detailed correspondence between employees in Microsoft's cloud storage and data center services.
As is the case with many other companies, security means the Microsoft usually likes to keep the locations of its data centers secret. Undetailed information in the document obtained by the site suggests that Microsoft may also be looking for a new site in West Des Moines, but the company understandably refused to comment on this.
Similarly, city officials remained tight-lipped about whether "Project Alluvion" was in any way connected with Microsoft, but the involvement of two known Microsoft employees makes it highly likely that The Des Moines Register's suspicions are correct.
Microsoft has previously revealed that it has data centers in Redmond and Quincy, Wash.; San Antonio, Texas; Chicago; Boydton, Va.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; and West Des Moines, as well as sharing that they are used for, among other things, cloud data services like Azure, Xbox Live and Skype.