New Modular Design Featured in Microsoft’s Quincy Datacenter Expansion

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New Modular Design Featured in Microsoft’s Quincy Datacenter Expansion

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imageToday the Datacenter Services team shed some light on the expansion at the Quincy, Washington datacenter. In a blog post from Kevin Timmons, General Manager of Microsoft’s Datacenter Services team, he explains that the new facility will be located adjacent to the existing 500,000-square-foot facility but will have a radically different modular design.  

The facility in Quincy, which receives its power via hydroelectricity from the nearby Columbia River, incorporates design elements from award-winning facilities that Microsoft opened in 2010 in Chicago and Dublin, Ireland. The expansion in Quincy extends the use of IT Pre-Assembled Components (PACs) across the facility using modular “building blocks” for electrical, mechanical, server and security subsystems. From Timmons’ blog:

“Our modular approach to design and construction with these facilities will allow us to substantially lower cost per megawatt to build and run our datacenters while significantly reducing time to market.”

These new designs help the company scale our cloud infrastructure in a more sustainable manner, allowing for a reduction in upfront capital costs and greater efficiency.  You can learn more about this new modular design from this slide show on our YouTube Channel. 

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