36 thoughts on “Inside Microsoft's Internet Infrastructure & Its Plans For The Future”

  1. call me a pedant, but when someone who says they’ve been in the data centre business for 20 years mixes up watts with kilowatts, it always strikes me as a little dodgy.

    But maybe that’s just me….

  2. Bunch of bull, have been with Mr. Soft for a year in the relevant group..and all I can say is they are going nowhere with their search, ad strategies and partnering efforts. Too much chaos, too many egos running like chickens with their heads cut off, too many ex-consultants 😉 well, since when did suits innovate?! Mr. Soft =/= online business. Those data centers could have been bomb shelters a few decades back, not now.

  3. So Google builds out data center infrastructure, optimizes the linux kernel, and builds its own servers, and operates ad platform based on auctions, and the only thing MS can come up with that is different is a glorified shopping comparison engine masquerading as search engine?

    Pathetic. All but a handful of VCs tend to do the same, only back ideas and technology that is proven to be working already. Market dominance doesn’t work that way on the web. Me-too/ table-stakes will just keep the head above water.

  4. How does…

    > Her candor was one of the reasons I wanted decided to share the video…

    Relate to…

    > When I asked her exactly how much Microsoft was spending on it, she dodged the question…

    How is dodging questions the mark of candor?

  5. ralphg

    well i know that she hinted a budget bigger than 2 billion $$$s. Now that’s pretty clear indication from a company that is not known for straight talk.

    I think if you look at the interview, she shares a lot, including the first time news about her IOWA plans, which is a scoop.

  6. Good interview. InfoWeek just did a good cloud overwiew coming out of their 2.0 event — here’s the paget that talks about Microsoft, and how they used to lease data centers but now building:


    FWIW, I thought Kara Swisher’s coverage of your Structure event was very flippant in tone. She came across as knowing very little about tech.

  7. > [Microsoft is] going to knock the socks of anything
    > anyone is doing, including [Google]

    This goes under my ‘Predictions’ bookmark folder .. for great justice.

  8. For MS’s sake, I hope they don’t have the XBox 360 graphics chip team designing their servers…

  9. If they are spending $2B on internet infrastructure without being able to tell us what they intend to do with it, you have to wonder. Sometimes companies this large spend such money simply because they have it to spend and not because they have a brilliant new idea. It is innovation that creates value on the internet, and innovation is hard to buy.

  10. Reactive to the company in the South is innovation for Microsoft. What else have they cadged from somewhere else to wrap up their innovation hype??

  11. Oh lord, here is someone with an outsized budget. She’s excited about containers?! That’s her “next gen” datacenter? I could do this with crayons. How do I get overpaid so that I can buy wacky outfits? I gotta get me one of those jobs…

  12. Crap !
    Its like adding salt to their wounds. Why does a failed web initiative lead to this, i am not sure. But interestingly its like a new business, maybe. We will give you computing power, pay us for maintaining that .. how long will that work !
    Soon computing will get cheaper and cheaper, why would someone pay to manage their data, a big company will have their own data centers !
    And for gods sake dont increase the carbon footprint, i know you have money, but this is nothing more than show of strength !

  13. The term “cargo cult” comes to mind when I hear about all of these datacenters. The typical MS thinking seems to go that if we build them, the customers will come.

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