Microsoft to Open Dublin, Chicago Data Centers
Microsoft plans to roll out two new data centers in Chicago and Dublin in July, both of which will meet environmental sustainability standards, preparing for increased demand for cloud-based services such as Azure and Bing. Microsoft evidently anticipates an uptick in demand once Azure, its cloud-based services platform, rolls out to users later in 2009.Microsoft plans to open two new data centers in Chicago and in Dublin, Ireland, in July. The Dublin data center, which the company touts as the "first mega-data center Microsoft has built outside the United States," will enclose over 300,000 square feet of space. The Chicago data center will be nearly twice as large at 700,000 square feet, roughly the size of 16 football fields.
"Two-thirds of the Chicago data center is optimized for housing containerized servers," Arne Josefsberg, general manager of the infrastructure services division of Microsoft's Global Foundation Services, wrote in a June 29 post on the MS Datacenters blog. "Containers conserve energy and will help us realize new advancements in power efficiency with a PUE [power usage effectiveness] yearly average calculated at 1.22. These prepackaged units (with up to 1,800 to 2,500 servers each) can be wheeled into the facility and made operational within hours, so they represent important advances in the ability to quickly and efficiently provision capacity."