Microsoft to deploy 220 shipping container datacenters in one facility

Microsoft has announced plans to forego a traditional raised-floor environment in its new data center in Chicago, and will instead fill one floor of the huge facility with up to 220 shipping containers packed with servers.
“The entire first floor of Chicago is going to be containers,” Microsoft director of data center services Michael Manos said this morning in his keynote at Data Center World in Las Vegas. “This represents our first container data center. The containers are going to be dropped off and plugged into network cabling and power.” The second floor of the immense facility will be a traditional raised-floor data center, Manos said.
“It’s a bold step forward,” said Manos. “We’re trying to address scale with the cloud level services. We were trying to figure the best way to bring capacity online quickly.”
This project apparently does not involve Sun Microsystems, who introduced Project Blackbox (now known as the Sun Modular Datacenter) a few years ago. Full Story

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FlexRex began his life as a cartoon character I created a Sun Microsystems. As the world's first "fictional blogger," he appeared in numerous parody films that made fun of the whole work-from-home thing. Somewhere along the line, the Sun IT department adopted FlexRex as their spokesman in a half-dozen security awareness films for employees. So when I left Sun recently, I started FlexRex Communications, a Marketing company in Portland, Oregon.

2 Responses to Microsoft to deploy 220 shipping container datacenters in one facility

  1. Isn’t exactly the same concept and idea of Blackbox?

  2. Yes this sounds very much like what Sun introduced in 2006: http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=3790

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