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Microsoft Reveals Gen 4 Modular Data Center Strategy, Calls it Most Revolutionary in 30 Years

In a blog post today, Microsoft has provided details of its Generation 4 Modular Data Center plan, which the company believes to be the foundation for its cloud data center infrastructure in the next five years.

Michael Manos, Microsoft’s General Manager of Global Foundation Services, responsible for the global data center design writes: “We believe it is one of the most revolutionary changes to happen to data centers in the last 30 years… Our ‘Gen 4’ modular data centers will take the flexibility of containerized servers—like those in our Chicago data center—and apply it across the entire facility. So what do we mean by modular? Think of it like ‘building blocks’, where the data center will be composed of modular units of prefabricated mechanical, electrical, security components, etc., in addition to containerized servers.”

Related Links:
Our Vision for Generation 4 Modular Data Centers - One way of Getting it just right…  (Microsoft, 12/2/2008)
Video Illustration of Microsoft’s Generation 4 Data Centers  (Microsoft, 12/2/2008)

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