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Microsoft Expands its Data Center Operations in San Antonio

microsoftIn 2008, Microsoft opened a $550 million, 470,000 square foot data center in the Westover Hills area of San Antonio.
At the time, a Microsoft executive said that was just the beginning of Microsoft’s investment in San Antonio.
She was right.
This week, Microsoft announced a $1 million donation to the University of Texas at San Antonio and its Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute. The company is also entering into a three year partnership with UTSA focused on creating generators that consume less energy to power massive data centers.
“As Microsoft embraces a more thoughtful approach to powering the cloud, we’re looking at how we can reinvent the datacenter to be more efficient and use more sustainable energy sources,” Brian Janous, director of energy strategy at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post. “Very few cities have embraced the clean energy economy like San Antonio and its mayor, Julian Castro.”
Microsoft is also investing $250,000 to expand its existing data center in San Antonio by more than 250,000 square feet.
For more on the partnership, read UTSA’s post.

The video below, by UTSA, is from the event held at UTSA on Wednesday.

Movie Night for TechStars Cloud at Geekdom

Who knew Microsoft made movies?
Microsoft will screen its new movie on entrepreneurship, Ctrl+Alt+Compete tonight at 6 p.m. at Geekdom, a collaborative workspace in downtown San Antonio.
“Ctrl+Alt+Compete is a new documentary that takes a revealing look at the startup and emerging business scene through the eyes of 5 founders and their teams and tells a story of the passion, fortitude and insanity that is bringing a startup to life,” according to Microsoft.
The first TechStars Cloud program kicked off in San Antonio on Jan. 19 with 11 companies that all moved to the city from outside the state. Jason Seats and Nicole Glaros, managing directors, run the TechStars Cloud program at Geekdom on the 11th floor of the Weston Centre. The three-month incubator and mentoring program ends with a demo day in April.
Microsoft has been at Geekdom all day teaching the TechStars Cloud entrepreneurs about Microsoft Azure, said Nick Longo, director of Geekdom.

Michael Dell hosts Dell World 2011 in Austin

At Dell World 2011, Michael Dell will take questions today during a panel discussion with press and analysts at the Long Center in Austin.

The sold-out Dell World event begins with a welcoming reception at Austin City Limits Wednesday night. Then, bright and early, Michael Dell will deliver the keynote at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Austin Convention Center. His speech will discuss trends in the virtual world such as data overload, mobile applications and security. He’ll also talk about how Dell’s “customers can best succeed, compete and innovate.”

Dell World 2011 also features speeches from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Intel CEO Paul Otellini, Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com, former White House CIO Vivek Kundra, VMware CEO Paul Maritz, IDC Research Vice President Michelle Bailey and many others. The focus is on innovation.

Justin.TV is broadcasting the event live at 2 p.m. central time.

Watch live video from Dell on Justin.tv

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