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  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Data Center Takes Fresh Approach On Water Reuse

    Today we are transferring our $ multi-million water treatment plant to city of Quincy, WA By: Christian Belady, General Manager of Data Center Advanced Development Around the globe, water is becoming a scarcer and more valuable commodity, and that’s an important factor for data center operators...
  • Blog Post: The Polarization of the Data Center Industry (at least for now): Part 1 of 2

    By Christian Belady, Principal Infrastructure Architect Global Foundation Services, Microsoft Corporation I read a lot about what others are doing in the industry, and a recent post by Rich Miller of Data Center Knowledge caught my attention. It was titled “ Gartner: Energy Woes to Worsen...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Top 10 Business Practices for Environmentally Sustainable Data Centers (celebrating Earth Day)

    How to Reduce Energy Consumption, Waste, and Costs while Increasing Efficiency and ROI What does environmental sustainability mean to data centers, industry operators, and IT businesses? A lot of managers in these areas may barely notice the Earth Day global event on April 22 as they struggle to support...
  • Blog Post: The Disappearing Datacenter….

    By Christian Belady General Manager of Datacenter Advanced Development Sustainability is an interesting thing. It really means so many things to so many people but I really like the way it is defined in Wikipedia; “Sustainability is the capacity to endure.” Clearly, when taken in the context...
  • Blog Post: The Polarization of the Data Center Industry (at least for now): Part 2 of 2

    The Inflection Point for Efficiency in the Data Center By Christian Belady, Principal Infrastructure Architect Global Foundation Services, Microsoft Corporation The Gartner graph (included in Part 1 of this blog) also made me think about the fact-- that had the same survey been asked 5 years...
  • Blog Post: How Big is the Datacenter Construction Business?

    By Christian Belady General Manager, Data Center Research, Global Foundation Services As the demand for cloud services continues to grow, there are many companies in the datacenter industry (particularly start-ups) that have met with me to discuss their businesses. Their proposals usually included...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Generation 4 Data Center Vision - the Architects' Perspective

    Microsoft's Generation 4 Data Center Vision - the Architects' Perspective By David Gauthier, Data Center Infrastructure Architect and Christian Belady, Principal Power and Cooling Architect, Microsoft Corp. On Tuesday, December 2, our Global Foundation Services team went public with our Generation...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Recognized by EPA as Leading Green Power Purchaser

    This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of the Top 50 Green Power Partnership organizations, listing Microsoft as the third largest purchaser of green power. The EPA evaluates organizations voluntarily using clean, renewable electricity from resources such as solar,...
  • Blog Post: Green Grid Data Center Indicator + CADE = Something useful!

    The following posting originally appeared on Michael Manos' Loose Bolts blog. There are times when two concepts merge and the result makes something better than the whole. It is not unlike the old television commercial where two people collide into each other. One eating a chocolate bar, the other...
  • Blog Post: Apples Don’t Fall Far from the Tree

    By Christian Belady Director of Hardware Architecture, Microsoft Research Some folks have already heard that I am changing roles in Microsoft, but the reality is that just like the evolution with our data centers, my career is going through a similar evolution. And that’s the way I like it…...
  • Blog Post: Operational Excellence is Essential for a Reliable Cloud Infrastructure

    Attributed to: Christian Belady, General Manager of Data Center Services & Vijay Gill, Senior Director of Network Engineering When Microsoft delivered its first online service back in 1994, the cloud was still a relatively undefined, evolving space. Today, Microsoft's cloud supports more than...
  • Blog Post: Change is Driven by Competition and Constraints

    I recently participated in a Podcast for InsideHPC.com with a discussion on “the differences on going green in general IT and going green in HPC” which John West put so eloquently (go to Episode 2: IT, HPC, and where the twain shall meet at http://tinyurl.com/m7ku4m ). I found this to be an interesting...
  • Blog Post: Visit our New Blog and Web Site now hosted on Windows Azure!

    We are pleased to announce our web site and blog are now located on one site that is hosted on our Windows Azure platform! You can find the latest insights, customer priorities and news about Global Foundation Services . Don't forget to re-subscribe to the RSS feed on our new blog site for all the...
  • Blog Post: The Gravitational Pull Was Too Strong

    By Christian Belady General Manager, Data Center Research, Global Foundation Services Many of you may have already heard that I have change roles yet again in Microsoft. It was only 11 months ago that I had moved to Microsoft Research to pursue ground-breaking work in the Extreme Computing Work...
  • Blog Post: Making Carbon Neutrality Everyone’s Responsibility at Microsoft

    Yesterday, Microsoft announced a significant step to reduce our environmental footprint by committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2012. As the team that operates our cloud infrastructure, Global Foundation Services (GFS) will be instrumental in achieving this goal. First, our continued effort...
  • Blog Post: Thinking Off the Grid: Independence for today’s Data Centers via Data Plants?

    By Christian Belady, General Manager of Data Center Services Question. Why do data centers need to be connected to a dirty, expensive, unreliable electrical grid? Answer. They don’t and they don’t want to be either. Integrating a data center directly into the power plant -- what we are...
  • Blog Post: Our Vision for Generation 4 Modular Data Centers – One way of Getting it just right . . .

    The following posting originally appeared on Michael Manos' Loose Bolts blog. Data Centers are a hot topic these days. No matter where you look, this once obscure aspect of infrastructure is getting a lot of attention. For years, there have been cost pressures on IT operations and this, when...