Microsoft Data Center Management: More than Containers

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Mar 24, 2010


Data centers are key to the economics of Microsoft's future; everything from Bing to the cloud-based Windows Azure. According to this C|Net report, Microsoft's data center of the future will be more like a trailer park—only the concrete pad will need to be built on-site.


Microsoft's data center of the future will be more like a trailer park. Only the concrete pad will need to be built on-site.

"'Our plan for the future is to have essentially everything but the concrete pad pre-manufactured and then assembled on site: the IT, mechanical and electrical components are all part of pre-assembled components that we call an ITPAC,' general manager Kevin Timmons said in a blog posting on Tuesday.

"Timmons said that the units will be made from standard recyclable parts such as steel and aluminum and will be able to be cooled with as little as a single water hose using residential levels of water pressure.

"The units could house anywhere from 400 to 2,500 servers and draw between 200 kilowatts and 600 kilowatts. With automation, Timmons said that a single person could build a unit in just four days. The units could either be placed in a large building, or even placed outside as long as they had protective panels attached."

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