How Can Datacenters Help Build a New Energy Economy? Just Ask San Antonio

Posted by Global Foundation Services in
Business Impact, Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability, Road Map
As Microsoft embraces a more thoughtful approach to powering the cloud, we’re looking at how we can reinvent the datacenter to be more efficient and use more sustainable energy sources. Very few cities have embraced the clean energy economy like San Antonio and its mayor, Julian Castro. In addition, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has demonstrated its commitment to a more sustainable energy future by establishing The Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (SERI) under the leadership of Dr. Les Shephard, formerly of Sandia National Lab. With one of our largest datacenters located in San Antonio, we saw an opportunity to work with the city’s renewable energy community on the role of datacenters in accelerating the growth of clean energy. Read More >>

Share with:

share email

Three Ways Microsoft is Working to Transform the Energy Supply Chain

Posted by Global Foundation Services in
Business Impact, Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability, Road Map
As Microsoft has embraced its identity as a devices and services company, we’ve also embraced energy’s role in powering the cloud. In the past 12 months, we have made significant progress on an energy strategy that will reduce the resources required to deliver cloud services, from our power purchase agreement with a 110 MW wind farm in Texas, to datacenter innovations like in-rack power generation and biogas-powered datacenters. These initiatives are bound together by our objective to transform the energy supply chain toward radically greater efficiency and reduced environmental impact. Read More >>

Share with:

share email

Achievement Unlocked – Fuel Cell-Powered Computing

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 demonstration of the concept at the National Fuel Cell Research Center at UC Irvine. We successfully demonstrated a rack of servers powered directly off the direct current (DC) output of the fuel cell stack, essentially stripping out most of the infrastructure found in the traditional data center energy supply chain. The result is a very efficient system with a radically simplified supply chain and fewer points of potential failure. Read More >>

Share with:

share email

Designing and Managing Servers for Cloud-Scale Datacenters: Part 2

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. It is critical to take a holistic view across these key areas in order to understand and achieve total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits, as the combination presents efficiencies that are greater than the sum of their parts. Today, I’ll take a deeper look into the technologies that Microsoft uses to manage its cloud-scale, software-defined datacenters, how these impact server designs, (including server capacity provisioning allocation), and how we balance workloads. Read More >>

Share with:

share email

Microsoft Exploring Fuel Cell-Powered Datacenters via the Server Rack

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 to power a datacenter entirely by fuel cells integrated directly into the server racks. This brings the power plant inside the datacenter, dramatically reducing energy loss that otherwise occurs in the energy supply chain and doubling the efficiency of traditional datacenters. Read More >>

Share with:

share email

TAG CLOUD