Microsoft contributes cloud server designs to the Open Compute Project

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The following post is from Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft. On Tuesday, I will deliver a keynote address to 3,000 attendees at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose, Calif. where I will announce that Microsoft is joining the OCP, a community focused on engineering the most efficient hardware for cloud and high-scale computing via open collaboration. I will also announce that we are contributing to the OCP what we call the Microsoft cloud server specification: the designs for the most advanced server hardware in Microsoft datacenters delivering global cloud services like Windows Azure, Office 365, Bing and others. We are excited to participate in the OCP community and share our cloud innovation with the industry in order to foster more efficient datacenters and the adoption of cloud computing. Read More >>

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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’s Cloud Infrastructure Team is Hiring

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Data Centers
Microsoft’s cloud is rapidly growing and we’re constantly looking for people with experience well-suited to building, managing, and securing our data centers and network infrastructure. Some of the 82+ positions on Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure Job listings site (note: scroll down the site’s page for current job listings) include operations managers, electrical and mechanical engineers, project managers, networking and security experts, business managers, as well as software developers. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s David Gauthier Shares Data Center Design Strategies at Datacenter Dynamics Converged

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Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure has undergone a major cloud-scale transformation in recent years and David Gauthier has been a driving force behind some of its key changes. In his over 13 years at Microsoft through a variety of technical, program and project management roles, Gauthier has helped design and construct more than a dozen Microsoft data centers including Quincy, Washington, San Antonio, Chicago, Dublin and Boydton, Virginia facilities. On Friday, July 12, Gauthier will talk about this journey with fellow data center operators in a keynote and panel discussion at Datacenter Dynamics Converged: San Francisco (Marriott Marquis). Read More >>

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Reducing Emissions in Data Centers

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Efficiency and Sustainability
It’s no secret that the growth in the data centers that power cloud computing have become increasingly responsible for growth in greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, some estimates put the size of the information and communications technology sector at 2 percent of global emissions. At Microsoft we recognize that, because our data centers represent a significant portion of our environmental footprint, we have a responsibility to reduce the emissions associated with our data centers. Read More >>

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