Russian news reports indicate that Microsoft’s has announced plans for a new mega data center in Siberia:
Microsoft has announced plans to build a data center in Irkutsk, one of the largest cities in Siberia. The facility will be able to hold 10,000 servers, according to Birger Steen, the head of Microsoft’s Russian and CIS business unit. The company’s plans were outlined in a press briefing Friday and reported by Russian news outlets Kommersant and Cnews.
The project appears to be smaller in scope than recently announced Microsoft data center projects in Dublin, Ireland and the Chicago area, and no budget was announced (although some Russian media sources cited the $500 million number for the other projects). No specific site has been selected yet, but Microsoft is said to be considering locations in between Irkutsk and Angarsk, two cities north of Lake Baikal in southern Siberia.
There’s apparently good power availability in the region and presumably also Internet bandwidth, but I guess they won’t have to worry too much about cooling.