World’s largest data center – Microsoft Cloud computing facility in Chicago
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Microsoft’s new $500 million Chicago data center of cloud computing with Windows Azure, total area of 70 million square feet (about 65,020 square meters). First floor of data center placed up to 56 shipping containers of 40-foot packed with web servers, each container inside there’re about 1800-2500 servers, although using of almost all energy-saving technology, even if only half of the servers running, power consumption will reach 30 MW, is several times the ordinary data center.
Building such a data center needs 2400 tons of copper, 3,400 tons of steel, 2.6 million cubic yards of concrete and 190 miles of pipeline.
Microsoft’s goal is to use cold air cooling, but they also use the new water cooled facility of 7.5 miles of piping.
Building this data center took more than 3,000 workers, and 1,100 works were working together when there’s a heavy workload. Although it’s a very large data center, there’re only 30-45 workers are working in it, and the staff which includes the monitoring and security personnel.
Arne Josefsber, the general manager of infrastructure services for operations, said that although it’s not 100 percent sure, but he thought it must be the largest data center in the world.