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.
The center of the country is proving to be the ideal place to add data center capacity. Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon and Microsoft are investing $11 billion in cloud campuses across Iowa, Ohio and Nebraska.
Keeping pace with cloud growth requires creativity and expanding your growth horizon, cloud builders from Google and Microsoft told the recent Infrastructure Masons Summit.
The rise of artificial intelligence, and the GPU computing hardware that often supports it, is reshaping the data center industry’s relationship with power density.
At the Open Compute Summit, Microsoft and NVIDIA unveiled a new hyperscale GPU accelerator for artificial intelligence workloads in the cloud. The HGX-1 harnesses eight NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs and high-speed interconnects.
At last week’s Open Compute Summit, Microsoft confirmed that it is test-driving ARM cloud servers from Qualcomm and Cavium in its data centers.
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.