Massive deals by Microsoft drove a 25 percent increase in data center leasing activity from 2015, making 2016 a blockbuster year for wholesale providers, according to a new report, which says 2017 may see a continuation of cloud-driven growth.
Microsoft has introduced a new data center design that replaces its IT-PAC server modules with a traditional data hall. Microsoft has overhauled its approach to cooling, and is now using a fan wall to manage airflow.
Lithium-ion batteries, which power smartphones and laptops, are now being used to keep data centers online. Forsythe Data Center near Chicago is an early adopter of Lithium-ion UPS technology.
Microsoft, Google and Facebook are accelerating their data center expansion in Iowa. The three companies are investing nearly $7 billion in their cloud campuses in the state.
With its $26 billion deal to acquire the business social network LinkedIn, Microsoft stands to become an even larger player in the market for wholesale data center space.
Microsoft says it will continue to develop its design for undersea data centers, and may deploy a larger test of its unmanned server farms on the ocean floor.
Microsoft has signed large leases for data center space in three key markets, according to a new report from a leading data center real estate specialist.
Microsoft has built and deployed a submarine data center, running servers on the ocean floor for three months in a submersible container. The research prototype, dubbed Project Natick, is part of Microsoft’s ongoing quest to find affordable ways to deploy sustainable cloud data centers.
Facebook’s new data center in Clonee, Ireland reinforces the status of Dublin as Europe’s leading hub for hyperscale data centers, who are drawn by ideal conditions for data center cooling and abundant renewable energy.
The growth of cloud computing is providing a huge boost for data center developers, who reported leasing in 2015 on a par with the record volume in 2014. A new report cites 2015 as “one of the best leasing years ever.”