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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Energy: The Datacenter’s Change Catalyst

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Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability, Reliability, Road Map
I have the great fortune of working at the nexus of energy and IT, two industries that are in the midst of major disruptions. The forces at work in both of these industries have led Microsoft to reevaluate the requirements to power our massive cloud-scale infrastructure over the next decade. Not only will we have to respond to the enormous growth in the demand for data and IT resources to support it, we also have to contend with the changing regulatory, political, and technological landscape of the energy industry. Read More >>

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Software Reigns in Microsoft’s Cloud-Scale Data Centers

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Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability, Server Design
Operating and maintaining the infrastructure behind Microsoft’s huge cloud is a mission critical endeavor. With over 200 cloud services, including Bing, Office 365, Skype, SkyDrive, Xbox Live, and the Windows Azure platform running in our data centers, the Global Foundation Services’ (GFS) team is a key component in delivering the highly available experience our customers expect from the cloud. To do this effectively, we’re continuously evolving our operational strategies to drive quality and efficiency up while lowering costs and increasing overall value to our customers. Read More >>

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Microsoft Helps City of Quincy Reuse Water and Recharge the Aquifer

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Efficiency and Sustainability
When most people think about data centers, and their main ingredients, they typically assume electricity and fiber are the primary components. Granted these are high on the list, but water is also a traditionally essential component particularly when outside temperatures are high. Read More >>

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2012’s Big Moments in the Microsoft Cloud

Many of us spend time reflecting this time of year. At least I do. And while there are certainly times we need to evaluate, learn, and grow from the various challenges we face, at year’s end I like to celebrate the positives and remember all the hard work our extended teams contributed to make them possible. I’d like to share a list of some of the big moments from my perspective – through the lens of the support the Global Foundation Services’ team provided to manage Microsoft’s growing cloud infrastructure. These were big moments in how they influenced our business and the lasting impact they will have on the company. Read More >>

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