Microsoft’s energy waste highlights datacentre bad practices

Microsoft has wasted thousands of pounds worth of electricity at its Redmond Quincy datacentre to avoid a $210,000 (£129,000) penalty for under use from its energy provider, according to the New York Times. The report says Microsoft has run its diesel back-up generators in excess of what is required to provide safe, reliable power to its datacentres.

Microsoft threatened to continue burning power in what it acknowledged was an ‘unnecessarily wasteful’ way until the fine was substantially cut, according to documents obtained by the New York Times.

You could argue that at a legal level, Microsoft might had done the right thing and looked after its shareholders. But morally, Microsoft does not have a leg to stand on.

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