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Gartner: Microsoft's Cloud to be more robust and green


The company is planning to invest heavily in its online infrastructure to meet the expected demand. Providers, including arch-rival Google as well as Adobe and Amazon, are now increasingly able to replace and augment the functionality of local PCs with web-based services running on large distributed server farms.

For Microsoft, this capability represents an attack on its traditional PC operating system and office application business. To counter this, it will set up 20 new data centres over the next 20 years at a cost of a billion dollars each. Debra Chrapaty, Microsoft's VP of global foundation services, speaking to the US media, said "We're going to reinvent the infrastructure of our industry,". It took Chrapaty's team two years to set up Microsoft's first cloud data centre, which opened in Washington State last year. Because of the high energy requirement, the server farm was purposely located close to a new hydroelectric power station.

It took the team just nine months to build the next datacentre in San Antonio, Texas. One of the reasons for their success is the modular design of the new blocks of servers. Up to 2,500 servers are installed in a freight container at the factory and fitted with mains power and cooling infrastructure. There is no need to unpack computers from cardboard boxes on site: these mini-datacentres are driven into giant hangar-like buildings, the whole container connected up, and then they can become operational as soon as the software has been installed. It takes two days to activate a new container. There is room in the 70,000 square metre datacentre in San Antonio for over 220 containers – a theoretical capacity of half a million servers. The architecture saves energy, time and staff workload. According to Microsoft's own statements, these datacentres will need half the staff of previous centres and the software company expects to cut its energy budget by a third. Hardware manufacturers like Sun and Rackable Systems have proposed similar concepts before. David Capuccio, an analyst with Gartner, sees Microsoft's version as being more robust as well as more likely to offer worthwhile power savings.



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Whale Fall
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Dress me up in my new threads
clasp my greasy palms
grease my hair
I'm ready for the fall


Watch at all the decadence
watching the avalanche
I'm slipping down
losing my buoyancy


What's become of us
where have we come
this far, this close
close to the doors


I hear them, sublimal chants
I'm on the run
I race through the human sea
I am the king!


I'm the slave
to my own undoings
I'm the jester in my courtyard
We jest as we run


We're strolling on that thin rope
we grope as we rope
we're true heros
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we're the scavengers
we're the friends
we're the lovers
we're the unbred


Soon awaiting the fall
we're lurking on us
we're osedaxing us
we're soon going to be done
we'll soon be arrested




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