Global Foundation Services Blog

  • Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure Receives FISMA Approval

    By Mark Estberg, Senior Director of Risk and Compliance, Global Foundation Services Although cloud computing has emerged as a hot topic only in the past few years, Microsoft has been running some of the largest and most reliable online services...
  • Watt Matters in Energy Efficiency!

    By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph. D. Distinguished Engineer Global Foundation Services, Microsoft I recently had the privilege to deliver a keynote speech titled “Watt Matters in Datacenters” at the Server Design Summit in Santa Clara, CA on...
  • Shedding Light on Our New Cloud Farms

    By Kevin Timmons, General Manager of Datacenter Services It’s an exciting time for Microsoft’s datacenter program. In addition to operating one of the largest global datacenter footprints in the industry, we have been super busy working...
  • Offering Support to Help Victims of the Japanese Earthquake

    By Charlie McNerney, GM, Business Management, GFS On Friday, March 11th, 2011, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake hit Japan followed by a series of tsunamis, causing widespread damage. In response, Microsoft activated its Disaster Response protocol. We are...
  • Information Security Management System for Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure

    By Mark Estberg, Senior Director of Risk and Compliance, Global Foundation Services I often hear questions that are variations of “How does Microsoft secure its cloud?” and “How does Microsoft manage compliance in the cloud...
  • Securing Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure

    By Charlie McNerney, GM, Business & Risk Management, Global Foundation Services When we talk with business customers about what they expect from cloud computing, two main themes emerge. On the one hand, technology business decision makers are...
  • Securing Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure: Part 2

    By Pete Boden, GM, Online Services Security & Compliance , Global Foundation Services The release last week of our white paper on Securing Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure has generated a lot of discussion in the industry, which was our intent...
  • Response to Question about SAS 70 Objectives

    By Pete Boden, GM, Online Services Security & Compliance , Global Foundation Services Following our posting further below we received a question about what the objectives were for our SAS 70 certification. Here's our response: The Global Foundation...
  • Microsoft’s Infrastructure Services Team Welcomes Kevin Timmons

    Building an organization around exceptional leaders with the deepest industry expertise is core to how we evolve our organization. Read today's posting on our Microsoft Data Centers blog about Kevin Timmons joining Global Foundation Services to head up...
  • Microsoft Brings Two More Mega Data Centers Online in July

    July marks the launch of our two newest mega data centers in Chicago and Dublin. Our Dublin facility will go live on July 1, followed by our Chicago facility on July 20 to support our growing Online, Live, and Cloud services. Together these Generation...
  • Dublin Data Center Celebrates Grand Opening

    This is a big week for Microsoft’s online, live, and cloud services as we celebrate the grand opening of our new data center in Dublin, Ireland. The Dublin facility delivers two key advances for Microsoft’s Software plus Services initiatives. One is expanded...
  • Microsoft Celebrates Chicago Data Center Grand Opening

    Microsoft’s cloud computing infrastructure takes another big step forward this week with the grand opening of our Chicago data center. At more than 700,000 square feet, this facility significantly expands our ability to meet the demand generated from...
  • Introducing the Microsoft Compliance Framework for Online Services

    By Mark Estberg, Senior Director of Risk and Compliance, Global Foundation Services Sometimes it can seem like half the battle of securing online services involves satisfying audits and otherwise demonstrating that you are complying with industry...
  • Continuing to Share Best Practices on Security and Privacy for the Cloud

    By Mark Estberg, Senior Director of Risk and Compliance, Global Foundation Services Microsoft has released several papers over the last couple of months on how we secure the cloud infrastructure, manage online service security, and how we developed...
  • Rightsizing Servers to Achieve Cost and Power Savings

    For Production Datacenters - White paper published This week our team published a new white paper on “Rightsizing Servers to Achieve Cost and Power Savings,” written by Dileep Bhandarkar and Kushagra Vaid, distinguished engineer and principal hardware...
  • Security Best Practices for Developing Windows Azure Applications

    By Mark Estberg, Senior Director of Risk and Compliance, Global Foundation Services Security challenges exist in the cloud and applications must take these challenges into account. Our team recently collaborated with other security experts to publish...