Microsoft wins 2013 Data Center of the Year Award from ICT Excellence for Dublin Facility

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Earlier this month, Microsoft’s Ireland Data Center received the 2013 Data Center of the Year Award from Ireland’s ICT Excellence. The 13th annual ICT Excellence Awards ceremony was held on May 16 in Dublin, Ireland, and recognizes the achievements of outstanding performers in Ireland’s business technology sector. The Dublin data center was honored for demonstrating ‘innovation, awareness of its environmental impact, integrated thinking, and how the facility needed to be developed to meet current and future needs. Read More >>

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2012’s Big Moments in the Microsoft Cloud

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 all the hard work our extended teams contributed to make them possible. I’d like to share a list of some of the big moments from my perspective – through the lens of the support the Global Foundation Services’ team provided to manage Microsoft’s growing cloud infrastructure. These were big moments in how they influenced our business and the lasting impact they will have on the company. Read More >>

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Making Carbon Neutrality Everyone’s Responsibility at Microsoft

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Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability
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. Read More >>

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Microsoft Recognized by EPA as Leading Green Power Purchaser

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Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability
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, wind, and low-impact hydropower. As Robert Bernard, Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Strategist, details in his environmental sustainability blog post, ‘Microsoft earned this recognition by purchasing more than 1.1 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually. This is enough green power to meet 46 percent of Microsoft’s electricity use and is the annual equivalent to taking more than 150,000 passenger vehicles off the road’. Read More >>

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Thinking Off the Grid: Independence for today’s Data Centers via Data Plants?

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Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability
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 calling our Data Plant program -- will allow a data center to pick its sustainable fuel source and shield itself from grid volatility. Read More >>

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