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2 hours ago, prairiewindmomma said:

I bet it’s for a data center.


That is what this article is guessing too https://data-economy.com/microsoft-buys-land-in-phoenix-that-could-signal-yet-another-new-data-centre/

“Phoenix already supports Microsoft’s Azure Government region in the Southwest. Azure Government is a dedicated cloud service for government customers, offering secure hyperscale cloud computing, storage, networking and identity management services, and it is a service that Microsoft publicly says it wants to expand.

With Amazon not being flavour of the month at the moment with US president Trump, with Amazon head Jeff Bezos at loggerheads with the leader of the free world over a number of issues, Microsoft sees its chance of ramping up its government cloud business.

At its Government Tech Summit earlier this year, Microsoft announced plans for two new Azure ExpressRoute sites in both Phoenix and San Antonio, Texas, designed to allow government departments to more easily secure private connections between Azure data centres and their own on-premise infrastructures.

The Goodyear site also isn’t far from the 25,000 acres of desert land acquired by Microsoft founder Bill Gates last year for $80m, which he plans to use to build a smart city.”

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