Microsoft’s Ireland Datacenter Receives Award

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Microsoft’s Ireland Datacenter Receives Award

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Microsoft operates some of the world’s largest datacenters, so the company takes the need for efficiency in these massive operations seriously. Recently, Data Center Dynamics magazine honored those efforts with the Datacenter Leaders Award 2009 for Innovation in the Mega Datacenter category for Microsoft’s new Dublin datacenter. The awards were created to recognize achievements in sustainability, efficiency and true innovation in datacenter design and operations across public and private sectors in the UK, Ireland and Europe. The 300,000 sq. ft facility, which opened in September 2009, uses server POD design solutions to support greater efficiency, including the utilization of the local climate for air-cooling, water consumption of approximately one percent of comparable facilities, and mixed server density to maximize power availability.

Below are some comments by Kevin Timmons, General Manager of Datacenter Services on the MS Datacenter blog:

“Back in September 2009 we opened the doors to our Dublin datacenter, the first mega facility dedicated to Microsoft in EMEA. The expansion in Dublin was a part of the company’s long term business approach to meet future demand by pre-investing in a way that would allow us to support future capacity in an incremental, cost effective manner. With the launch of our strategy for Software-plus-Services it was well understood that our datacenters would have to grow to support customer needs and demands worldwide. But we are not only committed to the idea of datacenters serving as a backbone of our services strategy, we are also committed to creating facilities that will continue deliver technical innovations and greater sustainability to the industry.”

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