Microsoft is expanding the capacity of its Windows Azure cloud computing services in Europe with extra capacity being built out at its Northern Europe data center near Dublin, representing an investment of €170m. The new cloud computing capacity, which is due for completion in Spring 2014, is needed in order to meet the burgeoning demand for cloud services in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, Microsoft said. Speaking at a Microsoft event in Dublin where the new investment was announced, Microsoft’s vice president for Windows Azure Scott Guthrie said that the firm was transforming the way customers deliver and use IT. “We’ve been seeing massive adoption since we kind of relaunched Azure about a year ago, and now about 54 percent of the Fortune 500 companies have already signed up for Azure, and we’re seeing compute and storage capacity double about every six months,“ he said. This is ...

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Microsoft looks at tax law very carefully in everything it does and datacenter locations are no exception.  Microsoft originally planned on building a datacenter close to headquarters in Washington State, but scrapped plans after changes in tax law were made. The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board  approved today $20 million in tax credits for Microsoft, which plans to invest nearly $700 million in a data center in West Des Moines.  The board said Microsoft was behind “Project Mountain” at a meeting this morning.  Microsoft’s latest expansion pushes its investment to nearly a billion dollars. It would become the third big tech company to push its data center investment to $1 billion or more. Leaders say the Microsoft project will support products like XBox Live and Office 365. Microsoft’s Christian Belady said in a statement: “The expansion supports the growing demand for Microsoft’s cloud services.” The project represents “our latest in efficient data ...

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Microsoft is investing $150 million to expand its new data center in southern Virginia and will build a second data center facility and add 21 megawatts of power capacity at its new location in Boydton, Virginia, even as it is still completing the $499 million first phase of the project. Microsoft is also believed to be expanding its data centers in West Des Moines, Iowa and Dublin, Ireland. Microsoft’s new facility will feature the use of its container-based design known as IT-PAC (short for Pre-Assembled Component). They are designed to operate in all environments, and employ a free cooling approach in which fresh air is drawn into the enclosure through louvers in the side of the container – which effectively functions as a huge air handler with racks of servers inside. “Microsoft is excited to once again expand its cloud infrastructure and services capacities in Boydton,” said Dayne Sampson, corporate ...

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Mark Russinovich from Microsoft showed the above video at TechEd. The datacenters of Microsoft are handled by the Global Foundation Services (GFS) within the company. Global Foundation Services (GFS) is the engine that powers Microsoft’s Software Plus Services strategy. We focus on smart growth, high efficiency, and delivering a trusted experience to customers and partners worldwide. The GFS leadership team is committed to delivering the strategy and the foundational platform for the company’s Software Plus Services infrastructure worldwide that supports our Online and Live services such as MSN and Windows Live, communications and collaboration services, and over 200 additional enterprise services and Web portals. Helping to mindfully shape the next era of computing, the senior leaders in GFS hold over 80 US technology patents and have a combined total over 130 years of industry experience in building and managing infrastructure technology networks, security, product development, and global operations. Their backgrounds ...

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