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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: DataCenter Think Tanks Sheepish on Weightloss

    The following posting originally appeared on Michael Manos' Loose Bolts blog. Matt Stansbury over at Data Center Facilities Pro posted an interesting post regarding a panel containing Uptime’s Ken Brill. The note warns folks on the use of PUE as a benchmarking standard between data centers. ...
  • 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 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Infrastructure Services Team Welcomes Kevin Timmons

    Building an organization around exceptional leaders with the deepest industry expertise is core to how we evolve our Global Foundation Services organization. One such leader is Kevin Timmons , who joined Microsoft Global Foundation Services (GFS) today to head up our Data Center Services organization...
  • 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 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Do Not Tighten Bolts

    The following posting originally appeared on Michael Manos' Loose Bolts blog. I have a pretty incredible job. My current role has me leading Microsoft’s efforts at designing, constructing, and operating its world-wide Data Center infrastructure in support of our cloud services initiatives...
  • 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: In disappointment, there is opportunity. . .

    This posting originally appeared on Michael Manos' Loose Bolts blog. I was personally greatly disappointed with the news coming out of last week that the Uptime Institute had branded Microsoft and Google as the enemy to traditional data center operators. To be truthful, I did not give the reports...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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...