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Nov 18 2009   3:00PM GMT

Microsoft’s new data center container, designed for fresh air

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Microsoft has unveiled a new container-based data center at the Windows Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles this week. The container looks to be moving toward an even more open architecture in terms of eschewing raised floors, traditional cooling and even roofs. Take a look:

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This is part of what Microsoft calls its “Generation 4″ data center design. It’s the next step up from its container-based data center in the┬áChicago area, the grand opening of which we attended a couple months ago. The Generation 4 design looks enabled to take in fresh air from the outside of the container through filters into the cold aisle, rather than using traditional cooling.

Hat tip to Data Center Knowledge for pointing us to this video.

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