Short Takes

  • Microsoft Corp. said it plans to house servers in shipping containers at a second data center. A spokeswoman said the company isn't sure how large the $500 million data center in West Des Moines, Iowa, will be or how many systems it will hold. Earlier this year, Microsoft said it would deploy up to 440,000 servers in shipping containers at a new data center near Chicago.
  • Microsoft reissued one of the 11 software patches it released on Aug. 11, saying it had posted the wrong version on its Download Center site. The patch fixes three PowerPoint flaws in Office 2003. Users who downloaded it via Windows Update or Windows Server Update Services don't need to reinstall it.
  • Amazon.com Inc. added a persistent storage capability to its cloud computing service, enabling users to store up to 1TB of data in individual storage volumes tied to Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, technology.

This version of the story originally appeared in Computerworld's print edition.

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