Since we’re apart of the industry, I frequent the blog Datacenter Knowledge. I’ve found it to be a great resource, in seeing what is going on in the industry with articles that are well written and maintained.
One thing that I’ve noticed over the last couple years as a trend in the industry is that they are starting to build them (datacenters) bigger. How big? Microsoft has recently finished several facilities for their cloud platform, some of which top out at 500,000 square feet.
How big is 500,000 square feet? Pretty big. According to Sports Know How, an NFL regulation football field is 360 feet by 160 feet, or 57,600 square feet. The MS facility is then to be considered almost 9 football fields. It’s approximately 200 average sized American homes (at 2500 square feet average).