Microsoft to Use Solar Power in Huge New Data Center

Microsoft plans to install solar panels on the roof of its new Internet data center in San Antonio to provide renewable energy for some of the facility's massive power requirements. The $550 million, 470,000 square feet facility will ultimately use more than 50 megawatts of power, making it the largest single customer of the local utility, CPS Energy. The facility will house thousands of servers to power Microsoft's Live online services.

Microsoft's decision to use solar panels in this setting is unusual. Data centers use enormous amounts of electricity, but few of these facilities use solar power because of the cost and scalability issues. Only one small data center, AISO, is known to be powered entirely by solar power.

Link: Full story at Data Center Knowledge

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The facility will house thousands of servers to power Microsoft's Live online services.

They won't need that many servers for Live.

With so many data centers for Live services and given Live.com's low request volume, I wonder if each frond-end server will end up processing just 1 request per sec. :P

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With so many data centers for Live services and given Live.com's low request volume, I wonder if each frond-end server will end up processing just 1 request per sec. :P


Dam...with like 20% of the worlds internet traffic going to the domain www.live.com itself. And thats not including msn messenger.

http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/live.com

Plus you have to think about the huge amount of bandwidth microsoft will be using when skydrive and mesh go live.

Thats called low request volume eh

****ing trolls.