Inside Microsoft’s European Cloud Hub

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THese louvers can be open and closed to control the flow of fresh air into the Microsoft data center. Once the air enters the facility, it passes through filters (at right) to ensure that particulates don’t enter the server area. (Photo: Microsoft)

Unfinished data hall at Microsoft DB 4 data center shows hot aisle containment units (note that the plenum goes all the way to the ceiling) ready for server racks to be positioned against the containment area.

This new data hall at Microsoft’s facility in Dublin shows hot aisle containment units (note that the plenum goes all the way to the ceiling) ready for server racks to be positioned against the containment area. (Photo: Microsoft)

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Here’s a view inside the contained hot aisle, where warm air exits the rear of the servers and exits through the top of the data hall. It can either be vented to the outside, or in winter months can be mixed with incoming fresh air to regulate the temperature in the server hall. (Photo: Microsoft)

A diagram of the air economization (free cooling) system at the new Microsoft data center in Dublin, Ireland (click for larger version of image)

A diagram of the air economization (free cooling) system at the new Microsoft data center in Dublin, Ireland (Graphic: Microsoft)

For more details on Microsoft’s push to improve the performance and efficiency in Dublin, see our feature story, Squeezing More Efficiency Out of Microsoft’s Cloud.

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