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Microsoft Expands Datacenter Presence in Iowa
Kevin Williams, Director Data Center Services Last week, the City of West Des Moines announced that Microsoft will expand its datacenter presence in West Des Moines, Iowa, paving the way for one of its Generation 5 cloud-scale datacenters that will enhance reliability and redundancy of our cloud...
24 Apr 2014
Achievement Unlocked – Fuel Cell-Powered Computing
Sean James, Senior Research Program Manager Global Foundation Services Last month we told you about a new idea to eliminate electrical distribution in the datacenter and improve uptime at the rack. Sounds great in principal but can you get it to actually work? I am happy to announce the successful...
6 Feb 2014
Designing and Managing Servers for Cloud-Scale Datacenters: Part 2
Kushagra Vaid, General Manager Server Engineering As I discussed in a recent blog post, designing infrastructure for cloud services like Office 365, Windows Azure, and Bing requires an understanding of the nexus of interactions between workloads, the Cloud OS, and server/datacenter architecture...
4 Dec 2013
Microsoft Exploring Fuel Cell-Powered Datacenters via the Server Rack
Sean James, Senior Research Program Manager Global Foundation Services Recently, together with colleagues in Microsoft Research, we published a research paper titled No More Electrical Infrastructure: Towards Fuel Cell Powered Data Centers that describes how we are taking an unconventional approach...
12 Nov 2013
Microsoft Datacenter Engineers Discuss Software-Defined Datacenters at Industry Events
Monica Drake, Cloud Infrastructure Marketing Global Foundation Services Customers look to Microsoft's cloud to deliver highly available experiences across our 200+ cloud services. Microsoft remains focused on building software-defined datacenters to improve the reliability of our cloud-scale...
9 Nov 2013
Designing and Managing Servers for Cloud-Scale Datacenters
Kushagra Vaid, General Manager Server Engineering Microsoft's cloud infrastructure, including datacenters and networks, hosts massive cloud applications such as Windows Azure , Bing , Xbox Live and Office 365 on more than a million servers around the world. Deploying and operating these...
24 Oct 2013
Microsoft Channel 9 talks datacenters with Christian Belady
GFS, Staff Writer Global Foundation Services Check out this video conversation with Microsoft's Channel 9 host Laura Foy and General Manager of Datacenter Services Christian Belady. The two discuss a range of topics including Microsoft's datacenter evolution, Christian's recent Outstanding...
16 Oct 2013
Microsoft’s Cloud Server Engineer to Share Optimized Server Best Practices at Open Server Summit
GFS, Staff Writer Global Foundation Services Servers represent an essential component in any datacenter operation. Once a datacenter is built, the servers and energy required to power them are the two largest recurring expenditures, and some datacenter operators aren't...
7 Oct 2013
Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services and Windows Azure Receive FedRAMP JAB P-ATO
Mark Estberg, Senior Director Online Services Security & Compliance I am pleased to announce that after a rigorous review process, Microsoft's Global Foundation Services (GFS) organization, in conjunction with Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud platform, has been granted Provisional...
30 Sep 2013
Energy: The Datacenter’s Change Catalyst
Brian Janous, Director of Energy Strategy Data Center Services I have the great fortune of working at the nexus of energy and IT, two industries that are in the midst of major disruptions. The forces at work in both of these industries have led Microsoft to reevaluate the requirements to power...
19 Sep 2013
Microsoft Research Spotlights Potential of Software Defined Networking
Vijay Gill, General Manager Engineering Microsoft continues to explore new ways to use software to improve the delivery of services running in our cloud-scale infrastructure. Software Defined Networking (SDN) is one of the latest technologies to grab the attention of the networking world, and...
15 Aug 2013
How Microsoft Operates One of the World’s Largest Cloud Infrastructures
Data Center Services Team Microsoft has delivered online services since 1994 with the launch of MSN. Today, our engineering and operations teams build, manage and secure a$15 billion cloud-scale infrastructure that powers over 200 services for consumers and businesses 24x7x365 via globally distributed...
3 Apr 2013
2012’s Big Moments in the Microsoft Cloud
Christian Belady, General Manager Data Center Services Many of us spend time reflecting this time of year. At least I do. And while there are certainly times we need to evaluate, learn, and grow from the various challenges we face, at year's end I like to celebrate the positives and remember...
31 Dec 2012
Cloud Computing Creates Opportunities for Greater Efficiency!
Brian Janous, Utility Architect Data Center Advanced Development The New York Times has launched a series looking at the environmental and economic impacts of cloud computing. These are critical issues to all cloud users and providers, and areas in which Microsoft has dedicated substantial resources...
25 Sep 2012
IT Pros pick Microsoft’s Software-Defined Networks Monitoring solution DEMon
Brad Booth, Principal Engineer Global Networking Services Microsoft was recognized for its SDN Monitoring DEMon Solution and swept all six leader awards for Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation this week at the Ethernet Summit in Santa Clara, California...
2 May 2014
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...
16 Apr 2012
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,...
28 Apr 2012
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...
10 May 2012
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...
18 Apr 2012
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