Mapping technologies that bring together multiple layers of data have led to the development of sophisticated “heat maps” for use in data center site selection. These applications combine data about power pricing, natural disasters, connectivity, water supply and dozens of other factors to identify the best areas to operate a data center.
Microsoft has often discussed the importance of heat maps in scouting locations as it worked with Jones Lang LaSalle on identifying sites for its data center projects. But software can only go so far, as Michael Manos notes today in a post at Loose Bolts, in which he discusses the process of making decisions on data center site location.
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