Microsoft’s Manos: “More To Come”

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Microsoft’s Channel 10 has a video interview with Michael Manos, the senior director of Data Center Services at Microsoft, who discusses the growth of the company’s data center infrastructure. “These are massive facilities, on a scale the industry hasn’t seen,” Manos says in the 5-minute video, adding that Microsoft has data centers around the globe but “we don’t typically go into how many and where.” Manos talks about energy efficiency and the projects in Quincy, Wash. and San Antonio.

Manos also talks briefly about Microsoft’s data center site selection process, which uses 31 different variables (including land prices, power capacity and cost, etc.) and combines them to create a “heat map” of favorable data center locations around the world. He doesn’t mention specific sites or comment on reports of plans for a Microsoft data center in Dublin, Ireland. “But I can tell you there’s more to come,” Manos concludes. See the full interview on Channel 10.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.