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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Microsoft’s Cloud Server Engineer to Share Optimized Server Best Practices at Open Server Summit

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Business Impact, Data Centers, Events, Reliability, Server Design
Servers represent an essential component in any datacenter operation. Once a datacenter is built, the servers and energy required to power them are the two largest recurring expenditures, and some datacenter operators aren’t aware of this fact. Kushagra Vaid, General Manager for Server Engineering, will keynote at the Open Server Summit in San Francisco on October 24 to share how Microsoft optimizes its servers for cloud service delivery. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services and Windows Azure Receive FedRAMP JAB P-ATO

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Business Impact, Data Centers, Reliability, Security and Compliance
I am pleased to announce that after a rigorous review process, Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services (GFS) organization, in conjunction with Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform, has been granted Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB). The press release is available here. 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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