homepage Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from
register, free tools, login, search, pro membership, help, library, announcements, recent posts, open posts,
Become a Pro Member

Home / Forums Index / Microsoft / Microsoft Corporate
Forum Library, Charter, Moderators: bill

Microsoft Corporate Forum

Microsoft Opens Chicago Data Center

WebmasterWorld Administrator engine us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

Msg#: 4208904 posted 6:01 pm on Sep 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

Microsoft Opens Chicago Data Center [news.cnet.com]

On most days it takes the right access badge and a biometric scan to make it inside the doors of Microsoft's massive data center. But on Wednesday, the company allowed a group of reporters, customers, and partners to tour the 700,000 square foot facility.

The data center, along with another just-opened facility in Dublin, Ireland and existing centers in San Antonio and Quincy, Wash., serve as the guts behind Microsoft's online ambitions, from Bing to Hotmail to Windows Azure.



WebmasterWorld Senior Member lammert us a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member

Msg#: 4208904 posted 3:53 am on Sep 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

I like this part most:
But, for all its strategic import, the ground floor of the Chicago plant looks more like a truck parking lot than a traditional data center. In each parking spot, though, Microsoft can drop off a container packed with up to 2,000 servers [news.cnet.com].

It's a totally different approach than Google's. Instead of repairing on the server and component level, Microsoft just lets servers die inside the sealed containers until a threshold per container is reached. Then the full container is shipped back to the manufacturer for repair. I hope they will wipe the disks before shipping though.

Global Options:
 top home search open messages active posts  

Home / Forums Index / Microsoft / Microsoft Corporate
rss feed

All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. Member comments are owned by the poster.
Home ¦ Free Tools ¦ Terms of Service ¦ Privacy Policy ¦ Report Problem ¦ About ¦ Library ¦ Newsletter
WebmasterWorld is a Developer Shed Community owned by Jim Boykin.
© Webmaster World 1996-2014 all rights reserved