We Power the Microsoft Cloud

Global Foundation Services (GFS) is the engine that powers Microsoft's cloud services. We focus on smart growth, high reliability, operational excellence, cost-effectiveness, environmental sustainability, and a trustworthy online experience for customers and partners worldwide.

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Microsoft contributes cloud server specifications

On January 27, 2014, Microsoft joined the Open Compute Project Foundation and contributed the hardware specifications, design collateral (CAD and Gerber files), and system management source code for our cloud server designs. 

Securing the Microsoft Cloud

Microsoft has been delivering trustworthy cloud services since 1994. The Microsoft Cloud spans more than 20 million businesses and a billion customers in over 89 countries. Our datacenters utilize a comprehensive compliance framework with certifications that include:

  • ISO/IEC 27001:2005
  • SOC (SSAE 16/ISAE 3402)
  • FedRAMP
  • Multiple State, Federal, & International Privacy Laws
  • PCI Data Security Standard 

Dublin, Ireland Data Center

Sustainable Winner

At 303,000 square feet, our first mega datacenter outside the U.S. is expanding with a new 112,000 square foot modular addition.  Both utilize airside economizers for cooling efficiency and recycle over 99% of all wastes.

  • Online July 2009
  • PUE 1.25 at peak usage

Industry Awards Include:

  • Best European Enterprise Datacenter Facility
  • Datacenter Leaders Award for Innovation
  • EU Commission's Code of Conduct for Data Centre's Sustainability Best Practice


Geo-Distributed Operations

24x7x365 support is managed through Microsoft's Operations Centers, a geographically-distributed Tier 1 services program with locations placed regionally where our cloud services have a presence.

Local support engineers are empowered to rapidly resolve service incidents, while broader IT teams address logical and physical systemic issues, and innovate to improve overall service levels. An example of the workloads they manage daily include:

  • 1 trillion+ rows of data written
  • 1,400+ users of our applications 


Quincy, Washington Modular Data Center

At 93,023 square feet, this technologically advanced modular facility significantly reduces water, power and energy use, as well as the carbon footprint of traditional data centers in the industry by over 50%. Construction continues today to expand computing capacity to support growing demand for cloud services.

  • Online January 2011
  • PUE 1.2 to 1.5 at peak usage
  • Hydro-powered
  • Airside Economization
  • Recycled metal, packaging, etc.
  • ITPACs contain 400+ servers


Boydton, Virginia Modular Data Center

At 316,300 square feet and growing, this state-of-the-art modular facility is flexible enough to quickly meet customer demand for our cloud services. The design significantly reduces the water, power, and carbon wastes typically associated with traditional builds today.    

  • Online February 2012
  • PUE 1.13 to 1.2 at peak usage
  • Adiabatic cooling
  • 1% water usage of traditional builds
  • Pre-manufactured metal building
  • ITPACs, PODs, and Colocations
  • Recycled packaging, wastes, etc.