Microsoft announced yesterday that it was planning to bring both Chicago and Dublin online next month. Chicago is initially to be a 30MW critical load facility with a plan to build out to a booming 60MW. 2/3 of the facility is a high scale containerized facility. It’s great to see the world’s second modular data center going online (See http://perspectives.mvdirona.com/2009/04/01/RoughNotesDataCenterEfficiencySummitPosting3.aspx for details on an earlier Google facility).
The containers in Chicago will hold 1,800 to 2,500 servers each. Assuming 200W/server, that’s 1/2 MW for each container with 80 containers on the first floor and a 40MW container critical load. The PUE estimate for the containers is 1.22 which is excellent but it’s very common to include all power conversions below 480VAC and all air moving equipment in the container as critical load so these data can end up not mean much. See: http://perspectives.mvdirona.com/2009/06/15/PUEAndTotalPowerUsageEfficiencyTPUE.aspx for more details on why a better definition of what is infrastructure and what is critical load is needed.
Back on April 10th, Data Center Knowledge asked Is Microsoft still committed to containers? It looks like the answer is unequivocally YES!
Dublin is a non-containerized facility initially 5MW with plans to grow to 22MW as demand requires it. The facility is heavily dependent on air-side economization which should be particularly effective in Dublin.
· Data Center Knowledge: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/06/29/microsoft-to-open-two-massive-data-centers/
1200, 12th Ave. S., Seattle, WA, 98144
W:+1(425)703-9972 | C:+1(206)910-4692 | H:+1(206)201-1859 | firstname.lastname@example.org