Microsoft details 'transparent' data center

Summary:Redmond says virtually transparent structure is designed to make the most of free air cooling but still protect servers from the elements.

Microsoft has given details on a new data center it is building that is designed to maximize the use of free air cooling.

The data center, to be located in Quincy, Washington, has a structure that is built out of multiple, modular pre-assembled components (PACs), Microsoft said Wednesday.

"The structure is virtually transparent to ambient outdoor conditions allowing us to essentially place our servers and storage outside in the cool air while still protecting it from the elements", Microsoft's general manager for datacenter services, Kevin Timmons, wrote in a blog post. "Our modular approach to design and construction with these facilities will allow us to substantially lower cost per megawatt to build and run our data centers".

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Topics: Hardware, Data Centers, Storage, Tech & Work


Jack Clark has spent the past three years writing about the technical and economic principles that are driving the shift to cloud computing. He's visited data centers on two continents, quizzed senior engineers from Google, Intel and Facebook on the technologies they work on and read more technical papers than you care to name on topics f... Full Bio

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