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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)

Oracle+MySQL Opponents Take to the Barricades

MySQL Journal on Ulitzer Monty Widenius, the creator of the MySQL open source database – which is apparently all that stands between Oracle and its acquisition of Sun – thinks that Oracle shouldn’t have his baby and that the European Commission – whose investigation into MySQL has put the Oracle-Sun merger in limbo – should force Oracle to spit it out to another company. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, a guy with a collector’s temperament not given to letting things that belong to him go, has said he wants to keep MySQL and has claimed to be watching Sun’s revenue plunge by $100 million... (more)

EMC Reportedly Looking for Security (Acquisitions)

EMC has $5.65 billion in cash in the bank and Bloomberg says it wants to buy security software houses with it to fuel growth. COO Joe Goulden told the wire service last month that security is the biggest area for potential acquisitions since the company already had "all the key parts we were looking to put together" in data storage. He also said that security had to be "reinvented" for the cloud and that a bunch of start-ups are doing that very thing.   An analyst suggested Palo Alto Networks, which just IPO'd late last month and is currently valued at around $4.4 billion, might ... (more)

Sanjay's Got Separation Anxiety; CA Makes Board Member Interim CEO

Sanjay Kumar, Computer Associates’ erstwhile chairman and CEO, is not going gently into that good night. Ask yourself now, why is he still at CA? Answer: Weak board. Heaven knows why Sanjay wants to stick around tricked out as chief architect - fear he’ll lose control of his life probably - but it’s transparent that he controls the board. As a matter of fact, it’s transparent he still controls the company. Late Thursday night word got out that Sanjay had installed a puppet CEO at CA in the person of Ken Cron, who was plucked from the CA board to warm his throne while Sanjay figur... (more)

Very Early Chandler Out

An early 0.1 version of Chandler, the collaborative P2P open source project put in train by Lotus 1-2-3 creator Mitch Kapor that's named for the great detective story writer Raymond Chandler and that's meant to be a personal information manager doing e-mail and providing an appointments calendar and a contact list has started circulating. It's for Windows, Macs and Linux and the so-called Open Source Applications Foundation responsible for it is looking for architectural criticism. See www.osafoundation.org, which has gotten a $98k grant from the Mellon Foundation to extend Chand... (more)