Where should our next data center be located? How can I track the health of my servers? Microsoft needed GIS support in finding the optimal location for its cloud-hosting data centers around the world.
Microsoft Azure is a cloud solution for hosting applications and storing data. The Azure service depends on a giant network of servers and data centers located across the globe. As Microsoft continued to expand its Azure offerings, they needed to find new data center locations to keep in pace with an expansion of capabilities and capacity.
First, we built a dataset representing the current locations of the Azure network that would be the foundation for all future applications and decisions. Next, we built an algorithm to help identify optimal data center locations. Using proximity to water and infrastructure, as well as crime and corruption, and a host of other concerns, as criteria for optimal spots, the team at Microsoft was able to make strong data-based judgments.