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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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 Announces New Investment to Power a Greener Cloud

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As Microsoft continues to experience increasing customer global demand for our cloud and online services like Bing, MSN, Office 365, Xbox Live, SkyDrive, Skype, and the Windows Azure platform, we are also thoughtfully planning for sustainably growing what is already one of the world’s largest cloud infrastructures. Read More >>

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Designing and Managing Servers for Cloud-Scale Datacenters

Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure, including datacenters and networks, hosts massive cloud applications such as Windows Azure, Bing, Xbox Live and Office 365 on more than a million servers around the world. Deploying and operating these services requires coordination between both the software and hardware components to maximize great utilization and computing efficiencies, and reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) aspects that we work so hard to achieve. Read More >>

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