Microsoft opens ‘mega data center' in Dublin
The software giant has opened its largest data center outside the United States to support its Bing search engine and Azure hosted services.
Microsoft launched a new data center in Dublin, Ireland, last week, describing it as the largest it has built outside the United States, according to a report by BusinessWeek . The site is what Microsoft calls a "mega data center," a class the company has constructed previously only in the United States. The company plans to open another mega data center in Chicago on July 20, it said in a blog post.
The Dublin facility covers 303,000 sq ft, Arne Josefsberg, general manager of infrastructure services at Microsoft's Global Foundation Services, wrote in the blog post. It can provide 5.4 MW of power now, expandable to a total of 22.2 MW. The building will be cooled by air economization to take advantage of Ireland's cool climate and to help reduce its energy usage.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.