Microsoft To Build 'Transparent' Data Centre

Microsoft has announced it is building a new data centre, designed to make the most of free air cooling.

The company said in a blog post that construction of the new data centre, to be situated in Quincy, Washington and next to the company's existing 500,000-square-foot facility, is based on designs used to build other Microsoft data centres in Chicago and Dublin. It is expected to be used to host services like Microsoft's Azure Cloud.

The data centre is to be built using pre-manufactured, fully-assembled module, making it "virtually transparent to ambient outdoor conditions", allowing it to make use of outside air for cooling while still protecting it from the elements.

“The interior layout is specifically designed to allow us to further innovate in the ways that we deploy equipment in future phases of the project...Additional phases have been planned for the Quincy site and will be built based on demand,” the company explained.

Microsoft said that the data centre will be opened in the first quarter of 2011.