Microsoft Expands Datacenter Presence in Iowa

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 services via software integration. When complete, the datacenter will be one of the largest in the Microsoft portfolio with over one million square feet of colocation and support space. Read More >>

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Microsoft Networking Engineer to Discuss Ethernet Ecosystem Demand from the Cloud

We can all agree that the Cloud is an incredible technology advancement that is driving businesses to reimagine their IT models and spend. As more services, applications, and data move to the cloud, cloud providers will need far more servers and bandwidth. Ethernet is the interconnect in cloud datacenters. At the upcoming Ethernet Technology Summit in Santa Clara, CA on April 30, Microsoft’s Brad Booth, Principal Engineer, will provide a keynote address on Ethernet as a critical component of cloud computing. Booth will address the insatiable appetite for data and applications by both organizations and the worldwide market of connect consumers. In addition, Booth will discuss the changes required for Ethernet technology going forward as well as how the Ethernet ecosystem can respond to rapidly changing demands. Don’t miss this thought provoking discussion on April 30, from 2:00 – 2:30 pm, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Visit the Ethernet Technology Summit page to learn more about the conference. Read More >>

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

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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 >>

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Three Ways Microsoft is Working to Transform the Energy Supply Chain

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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 >>

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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 >>

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