Microsoft Chicago: Center-Aisle Container

The interior of a 40-foot container inside the new Microsoft Chicago data center, packed with servers on either side of a center aisle (click to see a larger version of this image).

The interior of a 40-foot container inside the new Microsoft Chicago data center, packed with servers on either side of a center aisle (click to see a larger version of this image).

One of the advantages of a container-based design is that the facility needs only to provide the hookups for electricity, chilled water and network connectivity. This setup can accomodate containers – known as “Pre-Assembled Components” or PACs – from different vendors featuring a variety of designs and technology.

The container pictured above uses a center aisle configuration, with rows of equipment on either side.

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