New research from Microsoft examines potential for powering data centers with fuel cells. Using fuel cells to power server racks instead of hooking data centers up to the electricity grid could realize opex and capex savings.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is planning to invest $250 million into a new data center in Finland decreasing Microsoft’s latency and expanding service capabilities for their European customers. Microsoft’s modular datacenter architecture works with the climate in Finland.
This is the second major international data center in the country. Google is building a data center from a repurposed wood pulp plant in Finland.
Microsoft has received tax incentives to help it with a $677 million expansion of west Des Moines, Iowa data center.
Microsoft introduced Windows Azure introduces pay-by-the-minute feature” for virtual-server instances in its Windows Azure cloud. This is something that Google announced earlier.
Microsoft offers no minimum-use commitment. Google requires a minimum of 10 minutes. Developers also often do not need to spin up a VM for an entire hour.