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Now Truckloads Of Servers August 20, 2008

Posted by tkcollier in Technology.
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Microsoft’s data centers growing by the truckload | Latest Microsoft News – CNET News – CNET News
Starting with a Chicago-area facility due to open later this year, Microsoft will use an approach in which servers arrive at the data center in a sealed container, already networked together and ready to go. The container itself is then hooked up to power, networking, and air conditioning.
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“The trucks back ’em in, rack ’em, and stack ’em,” Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie told CNET News. And the containers remain sealed, Ozzie said. Once a certain number of servers in the container have failed, it will be pulled out and sent back to the manufacturer and a new container loaded in.

At the growth rate of 10,000 servers a month Microsoft should be at 218,000 servers at the end of August 08.

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