New Data Centre in Dublin :Microsoft Expands Cloud Computing Capabilities & Services in Europe

Microsoft’s new Dublin Data Centre to support demand for online services for business and consumers :

… Microsoft today announced the opening of its first ‘mega data centre’ in Europe to meet continued growth in demand for its Online, Live and Cloud services. The $500 million total investment is part of Microsoft’s long-term commitment in the region, and is a major step in realising Microsoft’s Software plus Services strategy.

Commenting at the official opening event An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen T.D. said: “As we all know, Microsoft is a dynamic company, driven by innovation. It is exactly the kind of company that we want in Ireland as we seek to renew our economy – and a model of the kind of company that we would like to grow in Ireland ourselves. We envisage a high-value, export-led, economy with companies creating the products and services of tomorrow providing high quality employment for our people.

The data centre has been officially recognised by the European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign as a “best practice” in environmental sustainability design through its innovative design which has made it 50% more energy efficient than traditional data centres built three years ago. The data centre increases hardware utilisation, reduces use of resources like water and electricity and reduces waste material.

The data centre is the next evolutionary step in Microsoft’s commitment to thoughtfully building its cloud computing capacity and network infrastructure throughout the region to meet the demand generated from its Online, Live Services and Cloud Services, such as Bing, Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite, Windows Live, and the Azure Services Platform. …

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