Microsoft, Others Partner on Fuel Cell Research with $5 Million Awarded by ARPA-E

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Awards, Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability
Cross-posted from the Microsoft Green Blog - Microsoft is once again partnering with others to further fuel cell innovations, with the goal of developing a very efficient, low-cost fuel cell system. Microsoft, Redox Power Systems LLC, the University of Maryland and Trans-Tech Inc. were recently awarded $5 million by the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to develop transformational fuel cells. Read More >>

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IT Pros pick Microsoft’s Software-Defined Networks Monitoring solution DEMon

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Awards, Business Impact, Data Centers, Events, Reliability
Microsoft was recognized for its SDN Monitoring DEMon Solution and swept all six leader awards for Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation this week at the Ethernet Summit in Santa Clara, California. The award was presented by IT Brand Pulse and revealed the results of their annual brand leader surveys conducted in March 2014. The surveys covered Ethernet, SDN, and one other product category. More than one thousand IT Pros were asked which vendors they perceived as the leader in fourteen IT infrastructure product categories. 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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