Pictures Inside a Microsoft data center

Friday, November 6, 2009

Microsoft has reveiled its pictures of their Data center which is located at chicago.These are the pics which i got from cnet news. In its first phase, the ground floor of the facility is designed to hold up to 56 containers, each filled with anywhere from 1,800 to 2,500 servers.

Here are the visuals

The second floor of the Chicago Data Center is home to a more traditional server room consisting of racks of servers with cool air coming up from a raised floor.

Building the data center required 2,400 tons of copper, 3,400 tons of steel, 26,000 cubic yards of concrete, and 190 miles of conduit.

Keeping everything cool is made possible with 7.5 miles of chilled water piping.

Although the data center is massive, it is managed with a staff of 30 to 45, including custodial and security workers. Building the facility, however, generated roughly 3,000 construction-related jobs, with the peak workforce reaching around 1,100 workers.

Even with all its power saving techniques, the first phase of the data center can scale to 30 megawatts of critical power.

Containers will eventually house two-thirds of the servers in the data center,

Over time, Microsoft expects to invest $500 million in the Chicago facility, just one of several existing or planned data centers.

"The hum, the background beat that you feel, it's really the heartbeat of the Internet," said Kevin Timmons, general manager of data center operations for Microsoft.

An exterior view of the Chicago Data Center. Because Microsoft isn't looking to attract attention, there's no identification outside. Even on the inside it's hard to tell whose facility it is, unless you look closely at a couple art pieces that note they are from Microsoft's art collection.

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