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At Microsoft, Cost Data Drives Cloud Adoption

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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

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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

Microsoft Data Center GM Timmons Heads to Apple

Kevin Timmons, who helped build the data centers that power Microsoft’s global cloud computing operation, has left the company and is expected to take a leadership position at Apple. The move strongly hints that Apple is stepping up its plans for an expansion of its data center infrastructure beyond its huge new facility in North Carolina. Read More

How Big is the Data Center Construction Market?

A study by Christian Belady of Microsoft projects global data center construction will reach $78 billion a year by 2020.

How big is the market for data center construction? How much is it going to grow? Industry veteran Christian Belady of Microsoft has done an analysis, and projects that annual global spending on data center construction will increase from about $50 billion today to about $78 billion by 2020. Read More

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