Joining the OCP Foundation Board

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Data Centers, Server Design
The following post is from Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft. Today the Open Compute Project Foundation announced that I am one of two new board members, effective immediately. This follows our announcement in January that Microsoft has joined OCP and has contributed the Microsoft cloud server specification to the community. I’m excited and honored to join the community’s leadership and help guide OCP’s continued efforts toward more open, efficient and sustainable datacenters. Read More >>

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Microsoft Contributes Cloud Server Specification to Open Compute Project

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Data Centers, Events, Server Design
Today Microsoft announced that it will be joining the Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) and will be contributing hardware specifications, design collateral (CAD and Gerber files), and system management source code for Microsoft's cloud server designs. These specifications apply to the server fleet being deployed for Microsoft's largest global cloud services, including Windows Azure, Bing, and Office 365. This significant contribution demonstrates our continued commitment to sharing our key learnings and experiences from more than 19 years of operating online services with the industry. 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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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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