Microsoft Quincy Data Center Metrics

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.

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About the Author

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.