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Microsoft's $15 Billion Datacenter Buildout

Remember Microsoft's massive datacenter build-out campaign? It's still going on.

Wired has a piece this morning putting the running total of Microsoft's spending on building out datacenters for Internet services such as Bing, Skype and Windows Azure at $15 billion.

The article mentions Microsoft's well-known datacenters in Quincy, Wash.; Chicago; Dublin; San Antonio, Texas; and Boydton, Va. The datacenter in Chicago was a flagship for a modular design that allowed Microsoft to drop in more containers whenever it needed extra capacity -- meaning the company can increase capacity at a site on an ongoing basis or swap a module out to another datacenter.

Microsoft is still expanding its datacenter footprint with new locations, as well. According to Wired, Microsoft will open a new $112 million, Cheyenne, Wyo. datacenter, complete with a methane-powered portable unit called a Data Plant, in a few months.

Posted by Scott Bekker on February 11, 2013 at 11:58 AM


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