New Microsoft datacenters on tap for Chicago, Dublin

Summary:As Microsoft forges ahead with its myriad cloud-computing projects, it is expanding its datacenter footprint just as quickly. Microsoft's latest datacenter location of choice: Northlake, Ill.

As Microsoft forges ahead with its myriad cloud-computing projects, it is expanding its datacenter footprint just as quickly.

New Microsoft datacenters on tap for Chicago, Dublin
Various Chicago-area media are reporting that Microsoft will be the tenant of a new 440,0000-plus square-foot datacenter in Northlake, Ill. Estimates put the cost of the new facility at more than $500 million.

Microsoft also has built and/or is building datacenter facilities in San Antonio, Dublin, Santa Clara and Quincy, Wash. (LiveSide.Net managed to get some nice shots recently of the Quincy compound -- from outside the fence.)

Microsoft's growing datacenter spending has been at the heart of the company's continued hefty Online Systems Business infrastructure expenses.

(Image of Quincy, Wash., Microsoft datacenter facilities courtesy of Liveside.Net.)

Topics: Hardware, Data Centers, Microsoft, Storage

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