Microsoft Corp. fired up its data “nerve center” in Westover Hills,
Texas, on Monday.

“With what’s going on in the economy, it’s great to be able to make a
half-a-billion investment in San Antonio,” said Debra Chrapaty,
Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Global Foundation Services.

With this 470,000-squarefoot, $550 million data center, Microsoft
competes directly against Internet giants such as Google. The powers
of the Internet have strategically placed these massive server farms
around the country to handle the world’s growing need to move data

Microsoft’s Live Search engine is one of the products the center