Microsoft-owned data centre opened in Dublin two years ago because directors of the company liked the weather here became a victim of that weather at the weekend when a lightning strike brought some of its most cutting-edge cloud computing services crashing down. This data centre was established with a €350 million investment.
The software giant opened its “mega-data centre” at Grange Castle in CityWest in September 2009. It is its first such facility outside the US and has been pivotal in Microsoft’s attempts to secure a bigger slice of the cloud computing market in Europe.
Cloud computing involves running software remotely in the company’s data centre – “in the clouds” – rather than on customers’ machines, and is set to heavily influence the future of both business and home computing.
One of the largest costs associated with operating such a service is cooling the enormous heat generated by the computer servers needed to store information belonging to potentially millions of customers. Read More Here