Business Week features a great article on Microsoft’s commitment to Software + Services, including some juicy details on the Datacenter infrastructure. So in case you thought Microsoft just got started, we are well underway ..
… The world’s top software maker plans to build about 20 state-of-the-art data centers as it tries to outpace cloud computing rival Google, BusinessWeek has learned
Corporate America is increasingly leaving computing to the experts. Why go to the trouble and expense of building and managing complex systems to handle your spiraling data-crunching needs when another company can do it for you? And who better, faster, or cheaper than Google (GOOG)?
That’s just the kind of conventional wisdom Debra Chrapaty wants to change. As Microsoft’s (MSFT) vice-president for Global Foundation Services, Chrapaty wants to prove that her company is no less capable of running the sprawling data centers to offer software doled out via the Internet. The company is especially keen to handle the ubiquitous Microsoft software that consumers and corporations have been running for themselves for the past few decades. "Google has done a great job of hyping" its prowess, Chrapaty says. "But we’re neck and neck with them."
And if Microsoft isn’t there yet, it may be soon. Chrapaty, who’s in charge of Microsoft’s data centers, is stepping up a multibillion-dollar building binge, BusinessWeek has learned. Her group is embarking on a plan to build in the coming years some 20 supersize data centers that can cost as much as $1 billion apiece, according to a person familiar with Microsoft’s plans. "We’re going to reinvent the infrastructure of our industry," Chrapaty says. She declines to discuss specifics of the plan. …
Read on : BusinessWeek.com