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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...
13 Oct 2011
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...
8 Dec 2009
Datacenter Efficiency By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph.D. Distinguished Engineer Global Foundation Services, Microsoft Datacenters have captured the attention of the computing industry over the last few years, fueled mainly by the tremendous growth in cloud computing. Companies need to make sure these facilities...
1 Feb 2011
Microsoft Brings Two More Mega Data Centers Online in July
I am really excited that our team is now reaching another key milestone in data center innovations. 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...
29 Jun 2009
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...
21 Apr 2009
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...
20 Jul 2011
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...
8 Dec 2009
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...
8 Dec 2008
Microsoft Celebrates Chicago Data Center Grand Opening
Containers Increase IT Efficiency of Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Infrastructure 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...
28 Sep 2009
Dublin Datacenter Recognized by Industry as the Best European Enterprise Datacenter Facility
Last week, at the 6 th Data Centres Europe 2010 Conference, our Dublin datacenter received a prestigious award for being the Best European Enterprise Datacenter Facility . The Dublin datacenter incorporates a free air cooling design and is one of the most energy efficient facilities Microsoft has designed...
12 Jul 2010
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,...
28 Apr 2012
Microsoft Shares Video Tour of its Cloud Datacenters
By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph. D. Distinguished Engineer Global Foundation Services, Microsoft Today our team is releasing a video tour of four of Microsoft’s global datacenters. The video provides an inside look at how the company has invested heavily to rapidly evolve its datacenter IT infrastructure...
26 Jul 2011
Dublin Data Center Celebrates Grand Opening
Environmental advances and expanded international computing delivered 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...
24 Sep 2009
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 on multiple next-generation, modular facilities...
4 Jan 2011
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...
16 Apr 2012
Rolling out the Green Carpet for Dublin’s Neighbors
A few weeks back we had the privilege of hosting a data centre visit and tour for the residential neighbours of the Dublin data centre. Given the long projected lifespan of our new facility, we’re going to be neighbours for a long time, and so we felt it was important for us to get reacquainted now that...
26 Oct 2009
The Cloud Infrastructure Journey - From Containers to Modularity, Long Live Containment!
By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph.D. Distinguished Engineer Global Foundation Services, Microsoft In late 2007 we were intrigued by the opportunity of deploying servers in ISO (shipping) containers. Our analysis showed that we could pack as many as 2500 servers in a single 40 foot container and reduce our...
20 Jul 2011
Microsoft Receives Leaders Award for Innovation in the Mega Data Centre
by Kevin Timmons, General Manager of Datacenter Services Global Foundation Services, Microsoft Corporation This week our team was honored to receive the Datacentre Leaders Award 2009 for Innovation in the Mega Data Centre category for our new Dublin facility by Data Center Dynamics magazine...
19 Dec 2009
Microsoft Cloud Fundamentals Video Series Available on Data Center Security
By Mark Estberg, Senior Director, Online Services Security & Compliance Customers need to know that their cloud provider(s) are being responsible with the applications and data they entrust to them, while also being mindful of their requirements and whether they are compatible with the deployment...
25 May 2012
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...
17 May 2012
Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Blog Site Launches Today
Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing team just launched their new blog site , where you can find an on-going discussion on trustworthy cloud computing at Microsoft and throughout the industry. The goal of this new blog is to give readers a look into how Microsoft works to build and maintain security...
16 Sep 2011
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...
27 Jan 2011
Rightsizing Servers to Achieve Cost and Power Savings in the Datacenter
By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph. D. Distinguished Engineer Global Foundation Services, Microsoft I speak about server rightsizing from time to time at technology conferences, and am surprised that the basic concepts are new to some people in the industry. A lot of people don’t realize the huge...
15 Dec 2009
Presenting our Datacentre Strategy at Tech-Ed EMEA
Just a short post to let you know that I’ll be in Berlin for Tech-Ed EMEA from November 9 - 13 and I hope to see some of you there. I’ll be providing deeper insight into our new Dublin and Chicago datacentres, including our approaches to delivering on the scale and efficiency required to meet the capacity...
4 Nov 2009
Building a Better Mousetrap a.k.a. Optimizing for Maximum Efficiency in an Economic Downturn
By Arne Josefsberg and Mike Manos, January 23, 2009 As you might have read in Microsoft’s Q2 FY09 earnings release yesterday, the company has announced cost management initiatives due to the global economic downturn. And with the earnings release back in October, Microsoft announced a reduction of...
23 Jan 2009
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