Microsoft Steps Up Cloud Expansion Plans

Microsoft will invest an additional $150 million to expand its new data center in southern Virginia, continuing a series of expansion announcements that hint at a dramatic scaling up of Microsoft’s cloud computing capacity. Microsoft will build a second data center facility and add 21 megawatts of power capacity in Boydton, Virginia. Read More

Microsoft Renews Big Lease, Yahoo Doesn’t

Analysts have been assessing the plans of large wholesale data center customers who have historically leased space but are now building their own data centers. Will they exit leases when their current term expires? Not necessarily. Microsoft recently indicated that it will renew a major wholesale lease, while Yahoo will allow a large lease to expire. Read More

At Microsoft, Cost Data Drives Cloud Adoption


Using data collected from the company’s data centers and cloud platforms, Microsoft has restructured its cloud infrastructure accounting system to provide each of its internal cloud services’ business units with granular data about the cost of their IT operations. Read More

Microsoft Reveals its Specialty Servers, Racks


As it seeks to slash power usage across its global cloud computing platform, Microsoft has been refining its in-house designs for energy-efficient data center hardware. The company is now sharing the details of those designs, which feature custom server designs, a high-efficiency power distribution system and in-rack UPS units. Read More

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