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Microsoft Will Use Fuel Cells to Create Self-Powered Racks

Serious Server Density: Packed racks of servers in an IT-PAC at the new Microsoft data center in Quincy, Washington (Photo: Microsoft Corp.)

Microsoft wants to bring power generation inside the rack, and make data centers cheaper and greener in the process. The company says it will test racks with built-in fuel cells, a move that would eliminate the need for expensive power distribution systems seen in traditional data centers. Read More

Microsoft Accelerates Its Data Center Expansion

One of the ways Microsoft builds out data center capacity is by using ITPAC modules of its own design, such as these at its Quincy, Washington, site. (Photo: Microsoft)

In recent weeks Microsoft has leased a large chunk of data center space in Silicon Valley, as well as additional space in northern Virginia. The latest leases continue a massive expansion of Microsoft’s Internet infrastructure to support growth in its Azure cloud services and Xbox Live gaming service. Read More

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