A Look Inside Microsoft’s Quincy Data Center


You’re unlikely to ever see the inside of a Google data center. But not so for Microsoft, which recently allowed the BBC to film inside its data center in Quincy, Washington. The BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones provides a brief video tour of the 470,000 square foot facility in central Washington state, which houses the equipment powering Microsoft’s new Windows Azure cloud developer platform. 

The video, which runs about 3 minutes, provides brief glimpses of the battery room, chillers and server space. Cellan-Jones also interviews Mike Manos, general manager of Global Foundation Services for Microsoft, who reveals to Rory that the facility can store eleventy gajillion photos. OK, the real number is 3.7 trillion photos. Either way, that’s some serious storage. (Link via Dave Ohara).

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.

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  1. Aaron

    Cool, but I wish they would have laid off the lame fish-eye lens.

  2. Chuck Hobart

    Are those perf tiles in the hot aisle?

  3. Shanmukh

    How many employees would be working there at the Microsoft Quincy Data Centre....?