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Microsoft Datacenters | Blog
Microsoft Awards Grants for University Research Focused on Innovative Datacenter and Energy Efficiency Work
Sean James, Senior Research Program Manager Global Foundation Services As Microsoft continues to find ways to transform the energy supply chain toward greater efficiency and reduced environmental impact, we have seen that driving innovation in energy often requires a close partnership...
14 May 2014
Microsoft Expands Datacenter Presence in Iowa
Kevin Williams, Director Data Center Services Last week, the City of West Des Moines announced that Microsoft will expand its datacenter presence in West Des Moines, Iowa, paving the way for one of its Generation 5 cloud-scale datacenters that will enhance reliability and redundancy of our cloud...
24 Apr 2014
Microsoft Networking Engineer to Discuss Ethernet Ecosystem Demand from the Cloud
Monica Drake, Cloud Infrastructure Marketing Global Foundation Services We can all agree that the Cloud is an incredible technology advancement that is driving businesses to reimagine their IT models and spend. As more services, applications, and data move to the cloud, cloud providers will...
21 Apr 2014
How Can Datacenters Help Build a New Energy Economy? Just Ask San Antonio
Brian Janous, Director of Energy Strategy Global Sales Foundation 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. Very few cities have embraced the clean...
16 Apr 2014
Three Ways Microsoft is Working to Transform the Energy Supply Chain
Brian Janous, Director of Energy Strategy Global Sales Foundation As Microsoft has embraced its identity as a devices and services company, we've also embraced energy's role in powering the cloud. In the past 12 months, we have made significant progress on an energy strategy that will...
15 Apr 2014
Achievement Unlocked – Fuel Cell-Powered Computing
Sean James, Senior Research Program Manager Global Foundation Services Last month we told you about a new idea to eliminate electrical distribution in the datacenter and improve uptime at the rack. Sounds great in principal but can you get it to actually work? I am happy to announce the successful...
6 Feb 2014
Designing and Managing Servers for Cloud-Scale Datacenters: Part 2
Kushagra Vaid, General Manager Server Engineering As I discussed in a recent blog post, designing infrastructure for cloud services like Office 365, Windows Azure, and Bing requires an understanding of the nexus of interactions between workloads, the Cloud OS, and server/datacenter architecture...
4 Dec 2013
Microsoft Exploring Fuel Cell-Powered Datacenters via the Server Rack
Sean James, Senior Research Program Manager Global Foundation Services Recently, together with colleagues in Microsoft Research, we published a research paper titled No More Electrical Infrastructure: Towards Fuel Cell Powered Data Centers that describes how we are taking an unconventional approach...
12 Nov 2013
Microsoft Datacenter Engineers Discuss Software-Defined Datacenters at Industry Events
Monica Drake, Cloud Infrastructure Marketing Global Foundation Services Customers look to Microsoft's cloud to deliver highly available experiences across our 200+ cloud services. Microsoft remains focused on building software-defined datacenters to improve the reliability of our cloud-scale...
9 Nov 2013
Microsoft Announces New Investment to Power a Greener Cloud
Brian Janous, Director of Energy Strategy Global Foundation Services As Microsoft continues to experience increasing customer global demand for our cloud and online services like Bing , MSN , Office 365 , Xbox Live , SkyDrive , Skype , and the Windows Azure platform, we are also thoughtfully...
4 Nov 2013
Designing and Managing Servers for Cloud-Scale Datacenters
Kushagra Vaid, General Manager Server Engineering Microsoft's cloud infrastructure, including datacenters and networks, hosts massive cloud applications such as Windows Azure , Bing , Xbox Live and Office 365 on more than a million servers around the world. Deploying and operating these...
24 Oct 2013
Microsoft’s Cloud Server Engineer to Share Optimized Server Best Practices at Open Server Summit
GFS, Staff Writer Global Foundation Services Servers represent an essential component in any datacenter operation. Once a datacenter is built, the servers and energy required to power them are the two largest recurring expenditures, and some datacenter operators aren't aware of this fact...
7 Oct 2013
Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services and Windows Azure Receive FedRAMP JAB P-ATO
Mark Estberg, Senior Director Online Services Security & Compliance I am pleased to announce that after a rigorous review process, Microsoft's Global Foundation Services (GFS) organization, in conjunction with Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud platform, has been granted Provisional...
30 Sep 2013
How Microsoft Operates One of the World’s Largest Cloud Infrastructures
Data Center Services Team Microsoft has delivered online services since 1994 with the launch of MSN. Today, our engineering and operations teams build, manage and secure a$15 billion cloud-scale infrastructure that powers over 200 services for consumers and businesses 24x7x365 via globally distributed...
3 Apr 2013
2012’s Big Moments in the Microsoft Cloud
Christian Belady, General Manager Data Center Services Many of us spend time reflecting this time of year. At least I do. And while there are certainly times we need to evaluate, learn, and grow from the various challenges we face, at year's end I like to celebrate the positives and remember...
31 Dec 2012
Cloud Computing Creates Opportunities for Greater Efficiency!
Brian Janous, Utility Architect Data Center Advanced Development The New York Times has launched a series looking at the environmental and economic impacts of cloud computing. These are critical issues to all cloud users and providers, and areas in which Microsoft has dedicated substantial resources...
25 Sep 2012
Every Watt Matters!
Dileep Bhandarkar Ph.D., Distinguished Engineer Global Foundation Services Data center operators are touting metrics like PUE to demonstrate energy efficiency leadership, but there is more to consider. Data centers exist because they can more efficiently and economically scale to house servers that...
22 Jun 2012
IT Pros pick Microsoft’s Software-Defined Networks Monitoring solution DEMon
Brad Booth, Principal Engineer Global Networking Services Microsoft was recognized for its SDN Monitoring DEMon Solution and swept all six leader awards for Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation this week at the Ethernet Summit in Santa Clara, California...
2 May 2014
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