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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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey