Microsoft is finalizing plans for a data center campus near Atlanta, according to local economic development officials, who this week authorized tax incentives and a $420 million bond resolution to support the project.
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Microsoft Azure Space will feature satellite broadband from SpaceX Starlink and SES, which will support the Azure Modular Data Center (MDC) to create satellite-connected edge data centers.
Microsoft is working on new storage technologies to house massive amounts of data in DNA and holograms. These storage technologies could disrupt how data centers are designed and operate.
Microsoft continues to expand its global data center infrastructure, buying land to add massive amounts of server capacity in key North American cloud hubs in Iowa, Northern Virginia and Phoenix.
The data center sector’s growing focus on sustainability was on display in the EPA Green Power Leadership Awards, which honored Microsoft, Equinix and QTS Realty Trust.
Microsoft will get into the satellite IT business with its new Azure Orbital ground station service. “We are extending Azure from under the sea to outer space,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Servers housed for two years on the ocean floor were substantially more reliable than those in traditional data centers, Microsoft said today. The findings could bring benefits to data center economics for traditional projects on land.
Microsoft has acquired land in the fast-growing Dulles Cloud Corridor in Northern Virginia, paying about $1.4 million an acre for land zoned for data center use.
Microsoft has successfully tested the use of hydrogen fuel cells to power its data center servers, a first step toward adopting new technologies to eliminate the use of diesel fuel in its emergency power systems
Microsoft plans to eliminate its reliance on diesel fuel by the year 2030, a decision that has major implications for its data centers around the world, many of which use diesel-powered generators for backup power.