Microsoft Plans $348M Green Data Center Expansion in Virginia
Microsoft plans a big cloud data center expansion that will include the latest innovations in Green IT and keep the modular data center momentum going.Microsoft is expanding its data center footprint in Mecklenburg County, Va., to the tune of $348 million, the software giant announced. The investment is not only expected to bring more IT jobs to the region, it will expand the company's Azure cloud computing platform. "This expansion will allow us to meet the growing demand from consumers and businesses for our cloud services in the region in an increasingly efficient manner," Microsoft Data Center Services general manager Christian Belady said in a statement. Microsoft, sensitive to the environmental impact of big cloud computing facilities, said that the expansion will serve as a showcase for the company's advancements in Green IT and data center energy efficiency. "These facilities showcase state-of-the-art designs developed from our latest technology and infrastructure research that continues to minimize water, energy use and building costs, while increasing computing capacity, software capabilities and server utilization," Belady said.
It's a tactic that does more than reduce carbon emissions; it can yield big savings for data center operators. A recent report based on a survey of 1,100 data center professionals by the Uptime Institute revealed that "energy-efficiency improvements are seen by most as a way to reduce operational costs." A staggering 82 percent said "financial savings" are a good reason to go green.