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Microsoft builds hydro-powered datacentre

Cliff Saran

Microsoft has taken its pre-packaged datacentre experience from Dublin to expand its Quincy facility in Washington.

In a blog post, Kevin Timmons, general manager of Microsoft's datacenter services team Quincy Site said the entire facility uses modular "building blocks" for electrical, mechanical, server and security subsystems.

"This increase in flexibility enables us to even better support the needs of what can often be a very unpredictable online business and allows us to build datacentres incrementally as capacity grows. Our modular design enables us to build a facility in significantly less time while reducing capital costs by an average of 50% to 60% over the lifetime of the project."

The facility in Quincy receives its power via hydro electricity from the Columbia River,

In the blog, Timons said, "Our modular approach to design and construction with these facilities will allow us to substantially lower cost per megawatt to build and run our datacenters, while significantly reducing time-to-market."

According to Microsoft the new designs will help the company scale its cloud infrastructure in a more sustainable manner, allowing for a reduction in up-front capital costs and greater efficiency.


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