How Can Datacenters Help Build a New Energy Economy? Just Ask San Antonio

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Business Impact, Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability, Road Map
As Microsoft embraces a more thoughtful approach to powering the cloud, we’re looking at how we can reinvent the datacenter to be more efficient and use more sustainable energy sources. Very few cities have embraced the clean energy economy like San Antonio and its mayor, Julian Castro. In addition, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has demonstrated its commitment to a more sustainable energy future by establishing The Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (SERI) under the leadership of Dr. Les Shephard, formerly of Sandia National Lab. With one of our largest datacenters located in San Antonio, we saw an opportunity to work with the city’s renewable energy community on the role of datacenters in accelerating the growth of clean energy. Read More >>

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Joining the OCP Foundation Board

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Data Centers, Server Design
The following post is from Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft. Today the Open Compute Project Foundation announced that I am one of two new board members, effective immediately. This follows our announcement in January that Microsoft has joined OCP and has contributed the Microsoft cloud server specification to the community. I’m excited and honored to join the community’s leadership and help guide OCP’s continued efforts toward more open, efficient and sustainable datacenters. Read More >>

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Designing and Managing Servers for Cloud-Scale Datacenters: Part 2

As I discussed in a recent blog post, designing infrastructure for cloud services like Office 365, Windows Azure, and Bing requires an understanding of the nexus of interactions between workloads, the Cloud OS, and server/datacenter architecture. It is critical to take a holistic view across these key areas in order to understand and achieve total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits, as the combination presents efficiencies that are greater than the sum of their parts. Today, I’ll take a deeper look into the technologies that Microsoft uses to manage its cloud-scale, software-defined datacenters, how these impact server designs, (including server capacity provisioning allocation), and how we balance workloads. Read More >>

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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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