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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Cloud Computing Creates Opportunities for Greater Efficiency!

The New York Timeshas launched a series looking at the environmental and economic impacts of cloud computing. These are critical issues to all cloud users and providers, and areas in which Microsoft has dedicated substantial resources, helped create industry metrics for, and publicly shared our best practices on for many years. We may not agree with all of the conclusions that theTimesreaches, but we appreciate their desire to focus attention on these important topics. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s Top 10 Business Practices for Environmentally Sustainable Data Centers

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Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability
Microsoft recognizes the tough challenges that data center and IT managers face today as they struggle to support their businesses in the face of rising costs and uncertainty about the future. But the fact is – being “lean and green” is good for both the business and the environment. Read More >>

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Harmonizing Cloud Security Requirements to Enable Cloud Adoption

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Security and Compliance
Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services (GFS) organization delivers the global infrastructure and network for over 200 consumer and enterprise cloud services. The security, privacy and reliability expectations of the customers served by these services must be met in order to develop the level of trust necessary to support a global shift to online and cloud computing. Each of Microsoft’s online and cloud services focus on its respective customer requirements and GFS must meet the obligations that come from all of the more than 200 services because they all reside in the GFS infrastructure. While many of the capabilities must be provided at the service layer, all services have at least some level of dependency on the cloud infrastructure built, managed, and secured by GFS. Read More >>

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Microsoft Achieves SOC 2 Type II and SOC 3 for Cloud and Online Services Infrastructure

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Security and Compliance
Global Foundation Services (GFS), which builds and operates Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure, has become one of the first in the industry to complete SOC 2 Type II and SOC 3 audits. The SOC 2 is a new attestation report for service organizations that contains rigorous standards for security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy. Guided by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Trust Services Principles, SOC 2 reports are intended to establish trust and confidence with external customers regarding an organization’s service delivery processes and controls. Read More >>

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