'Impressive in its Mundanity': A pictorial tour inside one of Microsoft's Cloud Datacentres

'Impressive in its Mundanity': A pictorial tour inside one of Microsoft's Cloud Datacentres

Microsoft’s cloud estate is impressive with over a million servers and more than a hundred sites around the world, including the UK.

Since opening its first datacenter on its Redmond campus in 1989, the company has spent more than $15 billion in building its cloud infrastructure. More than 200 online services are now delivered by Microsoft datacenters 24x7x365 processing over 1.5 million requests per second. As part of its carbon-neutral goal, the company purchase 3.8 billion kWh of green power.

ZDNet, the online news service for global IT professionals, has recently published a fascinating tour inside one of these facilities – the Microsoft Cloud Datacentre in Quincy, Eastern Washington. The article includes impressive images of the site courtesy of Microsoft.

While impressive, ZDNet conclude that the facility is also ‘mundane’ – big rooms where nothing happens.

‘A hyper-scale cloud needs to be mundane, it needs to be simple, even boring. It has to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, year after year, decade after decade. That means it needs to be reliable, it needs to be huge rooms where nothing in particular happens, just the roar of server fans and the blinking of LEDs. If it’s anything else, then it wouldn’t be a cloud that thousands of businesses and millions of people rely upon. If it was anything else, Microsoft would have failed.’

The page is certainly worth a visit – to access, please click the image below.

Microsoft Data Center - Quincy

Microsoft Datacenter - Quincy

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