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Oct 22 2008   12:57PM GMT

Next Microsoft Data Center Experience to be in Chicago

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Microsoft has announced that its next Data Center Experience (MDX) event, to be held next year, will be in Chicago, with a chance for customers to check out its container-based data center, which is still in the works.

This year the event was in San Antonio, and gave a couple hundred Microsoft customers the opportunity to mix and mingle with Microsoft data center folks, and take a tour of their data center down there.

The post also mentions how the container-based data center in Chicago has now moved into the testing phase. Michael Manos, the general manager of data center services for Microsoft, wrote more about Microsoft’s Chicago data center this week. Here are a couple good paragraphs from Manos’ post:

I have watched with much interest the back and forth on containers in the media, in the industry, and the interesting uses being proposed by the industry. The fact of the matter is that Containers are a great “Out of the Box Paradox” that really should not be terribly shocking to the industry at large.

The idea of “containment” is almost as old as mechanical engineering and thermodynamics itself. Containment gives you the ability to manage the heat or lack thereof more effectively in individual ecosystems. Forward looking designers have been doing “containment” for a long time. So going back to the paradox that “out of the box, is in the box thinking” shift, the concept is not terribly new.  It’s the application at our scale and specifically to the data center world which is most interesting.

Hat tip to John Rath at Data Center Links for the pointer to the blog.

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