Microsoft Quincy Data Center Metrics

Add Your Comments

Microsoft’s data center in Quincy, Washington kicked off a data center building boom in central Washington, and is hailed as a key advance in the company’s move to energy efficient megascale computing. The facility’s infrastructure includes a lot of big numbers, which the company reviewed at a recent for data center architects. The Microsoft Quincy data center includes:

  • 1.5 tons of batteries
  • 3 miles of chiller piping
  • 300 miles of electrical conduit
  • 600 miles of electrical wire
  • 1 million square feet of drywall
  • 13.5 megawatts of renewable hydro power (first phase only)

The first building at the Quincy site (which may ultimately include three huge data centers) took 252 man-years to build, according to Microsoft, which completed the project in 11 months and had as many as 500 workers on site at a time. That compares to about 158 staff years for Yahoo’s Quincy data center.

About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief 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.