Microsoft Announces New Investment to Power a Greener Cloud

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Business Impact, Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability, Road Map
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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Microsoft wins 2013 Data Center of the Year Award from ICT Excellence for Dublin Facility

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Earlier this month, Microsoft’s Ireland Data Center received the 2013 Data Center of the Year Award from Ireland’s ICT Excellence. The 13th annual ICT Excellence Awards ceremony was held on May 16 in Dublin, Ireland, and recognizes the achievements of outstanding performers in Ireland’s business technology sector. The Dublin data center was honored for demonstrating ‘innovation, awareness of its environmental impact, integrated thinking, and how the facility needed to be developed to meet current and future needs. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s ITPAC – A Perfect Fit for Off-the-Grid Computing Capacity

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Efficiency and Sustainability
Last November we announced our zero carbon Data Plant R&D project in Cheyenne, Wyoming. For a quick refresher, we’re placing a small container data center we call an IT Pre-Assembled Component, or ITPAC, at a wastewater treatment facility in Cheyenne. A natural bi-product of a wastewater plant is methane gas, which is typically flared off because it’s uneconomical to recover and convert to grid energy. At our Data Plant, we view this methane gas as an opportunity to provide a reliable power source to power a data center, and we decided to launch this project to test the concept and the capabilities. Read More >>

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10 Earth-Friendly Facts about Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure

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Efficiency and Sustainability
Earth Day is Monday, April 22, providing a moment to reflect on the daily work we are doing to drive greater environmental sustainability at Microsoft and for our customers, partners, and the industry. While Earth Day is only a single day, sustainability is a year-round effort for my Data Center Advanced Development team, as well as our extended teams from Global Foundation Services, Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft Research, and all our cloud services groups. 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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