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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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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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 >>

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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 >>

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Microsoft Datacenter Engineers Discuss Software-Defined Datacenters at Industry Events

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 infrastructure. This month, General Manager Christian Belady and Director of Datacenter Architecture & Design, David Gauthier, both members of Microsoft’s Datacenter Services team, will participate in top industry events to share lessons learned from designing and operating Microsoft’s global infrastructure. Read More >>

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