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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Microsoft Datacenter Engineers Discuss Software-Defined Datacenters at Industry Events

Customers look to Microsoft’s cloud to deliver highly available experiences across our 200+ cloud services. Microsoft remains focused on building software-defined datacenters to improve the reliability of our cloud-scale infrastructure. This month, General Manager Christian Belady and Director of Datacenter Architecture & Design, David Gauthier, both members of Microsoft’s Datacenter Services team, will participate in top industry events to share lessons learned from designing and operating Microsoft’s global infrastructure. Read More >>

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Learn how Microsoft Manages its Cloud-Scale Infrastructure at Datacenter Dynamics Converged Seattle

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Whether you manage an IT environment or have considered a move to cloud services, do not miss the opportunity to hear from two of Microsoft’s top data center experts at the upcoming Datacenter Dynamics Converged Seattle conference on September 12. In separate keynotes, Microsoft Data Center Services team General Managers Christian Belady and Gregg McKnight will discuss the company’s global cloud-scale infrastructure evolution, share best practices, and answer questions about the company’s cloud management strategies. 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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Software Reigns in Microsoft’s Cloud-Scale Data Centers

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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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