Feeds

Politicos bid to stop Microsoft's cloud migration

Windows Azure opens for business

Boost IT visibility and business value

Politicians in Microsoft's home state of Washington are debating legislation to stop cloud data centers drifting to other parts of the country.

The bill would provide a 15-month exemption on paying tax on the purchase and installation of PCs and energy to companies building data centers in rural parts of the state.

The debate, reported by TechFlash, comes five months after Microsoft said it was closing its Quincy, Washington data center - intended to house its Windows Azure platform cloud - and moving operations to San Antonio, Texas.

News of the debate comes as Microsoft begins to charge users for Azure, and appears to follow some lobbying by pressure group Washington Needs Jobs.

Members of the group include Microsoft, Yahoo!, and VMware along with trade and business associations.

The organization claimed the building of a data center creates between 500 and 1,000 construction jobs. Data centers in Washington state could claim tax exemption, until a November 2007 ruling by the state attorney general nixed tax breaks on plant and equipment.

Washington Needs Jobs said the legislation would: "Create real jobs that are high-paying, many of them in a sector (construction) that is struggling more than any other type of job in the state. Lastly, these jobs would go to rural counties, the parts of our state that need an economic stimulus the most." ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer
Melty but refreshing - popular rival to Mint's Cinnamon's still a work in progress
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over
Plenty on new CEO's todo list – starting with Firefox's slipping grasp
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
Cloudy CoreOS Linux distro declares itself production-ready
Lightweight, container-happy Linux gets first Stable release
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.