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Microsoft plans super data processing centre

Russian newspaper (opens in new tab) Cnews reports that Microsoft is planning a massive data processing centre in Russia, somewhere between Irkutsk and Angarsk.

The DC will comprise of tens of thousands of servers with a total power consumption of 50 Megawatts and a cost of roughly USD 500m.

Microsoft has not ruled out the possibility of building more Data Processing Center

One of the reasons why Microsoft decided to go to Siberia is because it is cold out there, which would help keeping data processing centre cooling costs down.

Datacenterknowledge (opens in new tab) reports that the average temperature in Irkutsk is below zero in December.

The data-centre will be connected to a Transtelecom high speed fibre optic line and will be used mainly as an outsourcing solution for Microsoft customers.

The Microsoft initiative (opens in new tab) appears to be fuelled by the recent DC race it has with Google to build more and more data centres all over the world with expected investments of up to USD 4 bn from the two tech giants.

Google has been vocal about building portable data centres, something that Microsoft has yet to support.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.