Use of Microsoft’s cloud services is soaring amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with usage increasing as much as 775 percent in regions implementing social distancing and shelter-in-place orders.
As Microsoft offers more cloud services for both enterprise and personal computing, they continue to invest in hyperscale data centers and innovate in the cloud campus space. In addition to refining the design of their current campuses, they are researching the implementation of energy-efficient ARM servers and even underwater data centers.
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Microsoft says its new data centers in Sweden will be its most advanced and sustainable to date by integrating renewable energy sources, and a new data center design.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says the company’s underwater data center, known as Project Natick, could play a key role in Microsoft’s future infrastructure.
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In 2017, Microsoft also focused on hyperscale hardware, continuing its innovation with FPGAs and GPUs to speed its networking and machine learning services, while test-driving ARM cloud servers.
In 2017, Google worked to prepare for rapid growth in data storage & traffic, offering cloud customers a faster network, while amassing land for more data centers to support the gargantuan data storage requirements that lie ahead.
Microsoft has bought 65 acres of land in northern San Jose where it plans to build a data center campus, a departure from several prevailing trends in the Silicon Valley data center market.