World’s Largest Data Center

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Microsoft’s new Data Center in Chicago

Cnet has an article on Microsoft’s new data center in Chicago. For those who are curious to know what goes on in a data center and how it looks like inside can check out the article here.

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CH1381 540x359 Worlds Largest Data Center
Microsoft’s new Data Center in Chicago

Cnet has an article on Microsoft’s new data center in Chicago. For
those who are curious to know what goes on in a data center and how it
looks like inside can check out the article here.

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Data Servers Housed in Shipping Containers

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Racks and Racks of Servers

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Chilled Water Pipes Keeping the Servers Cool

Interestingly,
the servers are housed in shipping containers spread out over a large
indoor parking lot on the ground floor, “serving up e-mail, managing instant messages, or
running applications for Microsoft’s soon-to-be-launched cloud-based
operating system–Windows Azure”. Microsoft also has four traditional
raised floor server rooms upstairs, each around 12,000 square feet,
forming part of a data center that will finally take up a whopping
700,000 square feet. Cooling the servers is no easy feat – the data
center is dependent on 7.5 miles worth of chilled water piping to keep
the servers cool!

“I think, I’m not 100 percent sure, but I think this could be the largest data center in the world,” said Arne Josefsberg, general manager of infrastructure services for Microsoft’s data center operations.

News via [Cnet]

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