It'll be fascinating to see if vendors relying on others' infrastructure, e.g., Oracle, offering some of its Oracle On Demand offerings on Amazon's cloud infrastructure, will be able to robustly compete with the global super-sized data center networks Google and Microsoft are building.
Microsoft Corp. fired up its data "nerve center" in Westover Hills, Texas, on Monday.
"With what's going on in the economy, it's great to be able to make a half-a-billion investment in San Antonio," said Debra Chrapaty, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Global Foundation Services.
With this 470,000-squarefoot, $550 million data center, Microsoft competes directly against Internet giants such as Google. The powers of the Internet have strategically placed these massive server farms around the country to handle the world's growing need to move data electronically.