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Microsoft threw the switch on its new mega data center in Dublin on July 1 and expects to do same for the one it's built in Chicago on July 20. The facilities are meant to support the company's Online, Live and cloud services. Dublin is Microsoft's first mega site outside the U.S. It covers 303,000 square feet capable of 5.4 megawatts of power, now on its way to 22.2 megawatts with demand. The Chicago site covers 700,000 square feet, the size of 16 football fields, with 30 megawatts to start and capable of 60 megawatts. Two-thirds of the place is optimized for containerized servers, which Microsoft says conserve energy. Each of the pre-packaged containers holds 1,800-2,500 servers. Microsoft says their density can exceed traditional data centers by 10 times. ... (more)

EMC Names Old Maritz Crony To Run its Cloud Biz

EMC Tuesday tapped Harel Kodesh to be president of its cloud infrastructure and services business, reporting to EMC capo Joe Tucci. Kodesh will also serve as the CEO of Decho, the subsidiary EMC recently created to focus on personal information management in the cloud. Decho includes Mozy, EMC’s cloud backup unit, and Pi Corp, the mystery “personal information” start-up that Paul Maritz, now CEO of VMware, another EMC unit, founded and sold to EMC before EMC’s impatience with VMware co-founder Diane Greene led to her ouster and Maritz replacing her. Tucci said in a canned statement t... (more)

Mad Hatter to Sip China Tea out of China Cup

That hole Alice nipped down after the White Rabbit before tying up with the Mad Hatter has come out in China - just like our parents used to tell us it would if we kept on digging in the garden when we were kids. Just imagine Sun Microsystems as Alice. In an announcement overshadowed Monday by Sun’s new Opteron alliance with AMD that Sun claims - well, some at Sun anyway - could be a lot more far-reaching than the AMD deal, Sun said that the Chinese were going to make Sun’s newfangled Linux-based Java Desktop System, otherwise known as Project Mad Hatter, the foundation of the Chi... (more)

Amazon's Cloud Covers Europe

Betcha IBM is worried that Amazon is gonna wind up owning the cloud. Betcha other companies are worried about that too. Amazon said Wednesday that it has extended EC2, its Elastic Compute Cloud, to Europe. European developers and businesses can now run their EC2 instances in what Amazon calls "Availability Zones" that are actually in the European Union. By operating closer to Amazon's EU-based S3 storage, it should mean lower latency. Amazon said it now has two Availability Zones in Europe that, besides EC2, also support Elastic IP addresses and Amazon Block Store (EBS) as well ... (more)

VMware Continues To Reek of Microsoft

VMware has taken on the distinct scent of Microsoft again. It just hired another ex-Microsoftie for its senior ranks. Besides CEO Paul Maritz and second-in-command, COO Tod Nielsen, both Microsoft émigrés, there's now chief development officer and EVP Richard McAniff, late corporate VP of Microsoft Office, a Redmond veteran of 21 years standing. He will be responsible for R&D across both VMware's server and desktop units and report to Maritz, whose game is to keep ahead of Microsoft technologically speaking. At Microsoft McAniff was responsible for Excel and Access, oversaw the Bu... (more)