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  • Blog Post: Chicago Datacenter Wins Green Enterprise IT Award from Uptime Institute

    Today, Microsoft won a prestigious Green Enterprise IT Award from the Uptime Institute for the bold IT initiatives we utilized in our recently opened datacenter in Chicago. The facility integrates new design solutions which have led to greater efficiencies and carbon waste reductions. This includes a...
  • 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: Microsoft’s Cloud Gets Even Greener in Ireland

    By Kevin Timmons, General Manager of Datacenter Services I’m pleased to announce that we are continuing with our strong global environmental sustainability efforts in our cloud infrastructure by signing a contract to purchase renewable wind power from a local Irish energy provider for our Dublin...
  • Blog Post: Datacenter Efficiency

    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...
  • 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 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: One Small Step for Microsoft’s Cloud, Another Big Step for Sustainability

    By Kevin Timmons General Manager of Datacenter Services The datacenter industry is at an inflection point. We need the ability to build out “at right scale” based on capacity needs at unprecedented price points. Oh by the way - it’s also imperative that we find ways to avoid the significant...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: What’s the Upside to a Downturn? Recessions Heighten Focus on Efficiency!

    By Christian Belady What’s the upside to a downturn? As the economy shrinks and budget and program cutting expands throughout our industry, how can data center facility and IT infrastructure teams identify opportunities that create value for their companies? In other words, how do we emerge stronger...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Designing Generation 4.0 Data Centers: The Engineers’ Approach to Solving Business Challenges

    Part 1: A couple of years ago, when our Data Center Services’ Research & Engineering team within Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services (GFS) group kicked off the Generation 4.0 Data Center design project, we began with the question of: What are the primary business challenges facing data center...
  • Blog Post: Designing Generation 4.0 Data Centers: The Engineers’ Approach to Solving Business Challenges…continued

    Part # 2 (A couple of years ago, when our Data Center Services’ Research & Engineering team within Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services (GFS) group kicked off the Generation 4.0 Data Center design project, we began with the question of: What are the primary business challenges facing data...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Holistic Approach to Energy Efficient Datacenters

    By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph. D. Distinguished Engineer Global Foundation Services, Microsoft A little over three years ago, I joined Microsoft to lead the hardware engineering team that helped decide which servers Microsoft would purchase to run its online services. We had just brought our first Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Computerworld names Microsoft one of Top Green IT organizations

    Cross posted from the Software Enabled Earth blog Today IDG’s Computerworld named Microsoft as one of the top green IT organization as part of its annual Top Green-IT Organizations feature. Of the seventy organizations that participated in the ranking, Microsoft was ranked fourth. We’re...
  • 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...