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Microsoft Readying Two “Mega” Data Centers

Dublin, Chicago facilities should cover more than 1 million square feet, combined

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With regards to data centers, it looks like Microsoft’s moving full speed ahead.  The company has announced that it will open not one, but two "mega" data centers in July, and some of the technical specs are rather astounding.

The Dublin facility that’ll go live on July 1st is supposed to be 303,000 square feet in size.  Arne Josefsberg, Microsoft’s General Manager of Infrastructure Services, also reported on a corporate blog that 5.4 megawatts of critical power will be on tap from the start, with a total of 22.2 megawatts of critical power available.

Impressed?  Well, Microsoft’s Chicago facility should be even more remarkable.  Josefsberg stated that it "covers over 700,000 square feet – approximately the size of 16 football fields – with critical power of 60 megawatts." 

Microsoft's Chicago Data Center

Plus, "Two-thirds of the Chicago data center is optimized for housing containerized servers. Containers conserve energy and will help us realize new advancements in power efficiency with a PUE yearly average calculated at 1.22."

The Chicago data center is due to open on July 20th.

All of this activity implies that Microsoft’s expecting – or already seeing – significantly more demand for its online offerings.  Given the timing, this may represent a big win for Bing.

Microsoft Readying Two “Mega” Data Centers
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