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Visit our New Blog and Web Site now hosted on Windows Azure!
We are pleased to announce our web site and blog are now located on one site that is hosted on our Windows Azure platform! You can find the latest insights, customer priorities and news about Global Foundation Services . Don't forget to re-subscribe to the RSS feed on our new blog site for all the...
17 May 2012
Microsoft’s Dublin Data Center Grows with Enhanced Efficiency and Sustainability
By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph. D, Distinguished Engineer Global Foundation Services, Microsoft Last week, we announced an addition of 112,000 square feet and 13.2 MW of cloud computing power to our Dublin data center. This facility and one in Amsterdam are some of several that we have that support the...
5 Mar 2012
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...
13 Oct 2011
Microsoft Shares Video Tour of its Cloud Datacenters
By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph. D. Distinguished Engineer Global Foundation Services, Microsoft Today our team is releasing a video tour of four of Microsoft’s global datacenters. The video provides an inside look at how the company has invested heavily to rapidly evolve its datacenter IT infrastructure...
26 Jul 2011
The Cloud Infrastructure Journey - From Containers to Modularity, Long Live Containment!
By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph.D. Distinguished Engineer Global Foundation Services, Microsoft In late 2007 we were intrigued by the opportunity of deploying servers in ISO (shipping) containers. Our analysis showed that we could pack as many as 2500 servers in a single 40 foot container and reduce our...
20 Jul 2011
The Disappearing Datacenter….
By Christian Belady General Manager of Datacenter Advanced Development Sustainability is an interesting thing. It really means so many things to so many people but I really like the way it is defined in Wikipedia; “Sustainability is the capacity to endure.” Clearly, when taken in the context...
20 Jul 2011
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...
22 Feb 2011
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...
1 Feb 2011
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...
27 Jan 2011
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...
4 Jan 2011
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...
23 Mar 2010
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…...
4 Mar 2010
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...
19 Dec 2009
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...
8 Dec 2009
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...
8 Dec 2009
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...
28 Sep 2009
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...
24 Sep 2009
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...
29 Jun 2009
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...
22 Jun 2009
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...
21 Apr 2009
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...
4 Feb 2009
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...
3 Nov 2008
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...
20 Oct 2008
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. ...
15 Aug 2008
Struggling with CADE, McKinsey / Uptime Metric (RE-POST)
The following posting originally appeared on Michael Manos' Loose Bolts blog. This is a Re-post of my original blog post on May 5th regarding tortured thoughts around the CADE Data Center Metric put forward by McKinsey. This has relevance to my next post and I am placing it here for your convenience...
18 Jul 2008
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