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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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Changes at Microsoft

    by Arne Josefsberg As you may have already read, Mike Manos will be leaving Microsoft in early May to return to Chicago and take a leadership position with Digital Realty Trust. Those of you who read this blog regularly, or who followed his Loose Bolts blog, know that Mike’s been an integral leader...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Out of the Box Paradox – Manifested (aka Chicago Area Data Center begins its journey)

    The following posting originally appeared on Michael Manos' Loose Bolts blog. With modern conventional thinking and untold management consultants coaching people to think outside the box, I find it humorous that we have actually physically manifested an “Out of the Box Paradox” in Chicago. What...
  • Blog Post: Farmers, so long…

    This post represents a bittersweet moment in my career. As you have no doubt heard I am moving on from Microsoft to take on an exciting senior role at Digital Realty Trust. I will save the specifics on my new role and its mission for a future post on my personal Loosebolts blog. But for now, I want to...
  • 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: How Microsoft is Securing the Cloud Infrastructure and Our Data Centers

    Companies considering moving their IT operations to the cloud are understandably concerned about security, privacy, reliability, and operational controls. To address these concerns and help share best practices with the rest of the industry, the Online Services Security and Compliance (OSSC) team within...