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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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Making Carbon Neutrality Everyone’s Responsibility at Microsoft

    Yesterday, Microsoft announced a significant step to reduce our environmental footprint by committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2012. As the team that operates our cloud infrastructure, Global Foundation Services (GFS) will be instrumental in achieving this goal. First, our continued effort...
  • Blog Post: Thinking Off the Grid: Independence for today’s Data Centers via Data Plants?

    By Christian Belady, General Manager of Data Center Services Question. Why do data centers need to be connected to a dirty, expensive, unreliable electrical grid? Answer. They don’t and they don’t want to be either. Integrating a data center directly into the power plant -- what we are...
  • 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: How Microsoft is Securing the Cloud Infrastructure and Our Data Centers, Part 2

    The release last week of our white paper on Securing Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure generated a lot of discussion in the industry, which was our intent. We wrote the paper in part to communicate our practices to customers concerned about security in the cloud environment and to generate a healthy dialogue...