Data Strategy

October 21, 2007

Microsoft rethinking data centers

Filed under: Infrastructure — chucklam @ 9:51 pm

Here’s an upcoming talk at Stanford titled “Rethinking Data Centers” by Charles Thacker of Microsoft. Many pundits have claimed that the ability to build sophisticated data centers is an important strategic advantage in the future. It’ll be interesting to get Microsoft’s insight on this. And the free lunch doesn’t hurt either… 🙂

Title:  Rethinking Data Centers
Speaker: Charles Thacker,
Technical Fellow, Microsoft Research

When:  12:15 PM, Thursday October 25th, 2007
Where:  Room 101, Packard Building

Lunch will be available at 11:45AM.


Microsoft builds several data centers each year, with each center containing in excess of fifty thousand servers.  This is quite expensive, and we’d like to reduce the capital and operating expenses for these centers. This talk suggests that an effective way to do this is to treat the data center as a system, rather than focusing on the individual components such as networking and servers.  I’ll describe one way this could work, with a particular focus on the networking infrastructure.

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  1. Microsoft rethinking data centers

    Interesting point at

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