New Microsoft datacenters on tap for Chicago, Dublin

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.

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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, DublinVarious 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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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Wonder hom many megalobytes

    of data 440,000+ square feet will hold?

    They gotta have quarters for all the data
    their servers are gobbling, and they'll
    probably add a mega-server to kick their
    data consumption into overdrive, don'tcha
    think?
    Ole Man
    • Wonder HOW many nt

      nt
      Ole Man
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