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Microsoft’s Biogas-Powered Data Plant Opens in Wyoming
Cross posted from the Microsoft Green blog Josh Henretig, Senior Director Energy, Environment & Cities Two years ago, we announced a partnership with a number of private and public sector partners to build the first zero-carbon datacenter, called a Data Plant—a fuel...
7 Nov 2014
Microsoft Contributes Next Generation Server Design to Open Compute Project
Kushagra Vaid General Manager Server Engineering Yesterday I gave a keynote address at the Open Compute Project (OCP) European Summit , where I announced the contribution of the 2 nd -generation Open CloudServer (OCS v2) specification. In January, Microsoft joined OCP and submitted the...
31 Oct 2014
Microsoft Announces Largest Wind Project to Date
Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist World Wide Environmental Sustainability Microsoft is committed to reducing our environmental footprint, and over the past two years we continue to meet our goal of becoming carbon neutral . Our approach to meeting that goal, however, continues to evolve....
15 Jul 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
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
Energy: The Datacenter’s Change Catalyst
Brian Janous, Director of Energy Strategy Data Center Services I have the great fortune of working at the nexus of energy and IT, two industries that are in the midst of major disruptions. The forces at work in both of these industries have led Microsoft to reevaluate the requirements to power...
19 Sep 2013
Microsoft’s Carbon Offset Strategy: Making a Difference One Project at a Time
Robert Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist Microsoft NOTE: This post by Rob Bernard, Microsoft's Chief Environmental Strategist, ran Tuesday, September 10 on the Environmental Sustainability team blog and we have reposted the entire entry below. One of the great joys of my job, and...
11 Sep 2013
Microsoft Research Spotlights Potential of Software Defined Networking
Vijay Gill, General Manager Engineering Microsoft continues to explore new ways to use software to improve the delivery of services running in our cloud-scale infrastructure. Software Defined Networking (SDN) is one of the latest technologies to grab the attention of the networking world, and...
15 Aug 2013
Reducing Emissions in Datacenters
Josh Henretig, Director Environmental Sustainability NOTE: This post by Josh Henretig, Director of Environmental ran today on the Environmental Sustainability team blog and we have reposted the entire entry below. It's no secret that the growth in the data centers that power...
24 Jun 2013
Microsoft’s ITPAC – A Perfect Fit for Off-the-Grid Computing Capacity
Sean James, Senior Research Program Manager Global Foundation Services Last November we announced our zero carbon Data Plant R&D project in Cheyenne, Wyoming. For a quick refresher, we're placing a small container data center we call an IT Pre-Assembled Component, or ITPAC, at a wastewater...
22 Apr 2013
10 Earth-Friendly Facts about Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure
Brian Janous, Utility Architect Data Center Advanced Development Earth Day is Monday, April 22, providing a moment to reflect on the daily work we are doing to drive greater environmental sustainability at Microsoft and for our customers, partners, and the industry. While Earth Day is only a single...
16 Apr 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
Microsoft Cloud-Scale Data Center designs
David Gauthier, Director Data Center Architecture & Design In a post last month, I shared some new details about how Microsoft focuses on the use of software to engineer resiliency into our global network of cloud-scale data centers. I explained the fundamental shift we've made to viewing...
26 Mar 2013
Software Reigns in Microsoft’s Cloud-Scale Datacenters
David Gauthier, Director Datacenter Architecture & Design Operating and maintaining the infrastructure behind Microsoft's huge cloud is a mission critical endeavor. With over 200 cloud services, including Bing, Office 365, Skype, SkyDrive, Xbox Live, and the Windows Azure platform running...
12 Feb 2013
Microsoft Helps City of Quincy Reuse Water and Recharge the Aquifer
Kevin Williams, Director Data Center Services When most people think about data centers, and their main ingredients, they typically assume electricity and fiber are the primary components. Granted these are high on the list, but water is also a traditionally essential component particularly when outside...
30 Jan 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
SMARTer 2020 Study Offers Further Support for Global Carbon Reductions Potential of the IT Industry
Brian Janous, Utility Architect Data Center Advanced Development Our colleagues on Microsoft's environmental sustainability highlighted a study recently that helps put our roles in Global Foundation Services into perspective. The new SMARTer 2020 study concluded the potential of the IT industry...
14 Dec 2012
Microsoft Recycles Waste to Provide Clean Power for Data Center R&D
Sean James, Senior Research Program Manager Global Foundation Services Microsoft is excited to announce its research and development of the first zero carbon data center - called the Data Plant - that will be completely independent of the grid and will recycle common waste bi-products to sustainably...
19 Nov 2012
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